Trivia for July 4

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In case you don't want to head to the National Mall with half a million of your not new best friends, here is a little bit of trivia about the 4th that you may not have known!

 

1.  It actually took place on July 2.   The Continental Congress voted for American independence on July 2, 1776.  It was two days later on July 4 that the Congress fully accepted the Declaration of Independence. 

2. John Hancock was the only member of the Continental Congress who signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4.   Most of the signers did not add their names until August 2, 1776.  Thomas McKean was the last to sign. 

3.  The first Independence Day celebrations took place a year later in 1777 in Bristol, Rhode Island and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Fireworks made their first appearance on that date - and are still with us!  Bristol still celebrates today - starting on Flag Day and going all the way through to Independence Day, concluding with a patriotic parade.  Clearly those Rhode Islanders know how to celebrate! 

4. The now American-celebrated song, Yankee Doodle, was originally written by officers of the British army to make fun of backwoods Americans.

5. Three United States presidents died on the Fourth of July: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe.  But did you know that one president was born on the 4th of July?  Calvin Coolidge claims that honor!  

6. July 4th is also celebrated in the Philippines, because in 1946, the country was recognized as an independent nation.  Rwanda celebrates July 4 as Liberation Day! 

7. In one year, $600 million is spent on fireworks alone in the U.S.

8. Thomas Jefferson was the first president to celebrate the 4th of July in the White House back in 1804.

9. Around 150 million hot dogs are consumed on Fourth of July (wonder if this statistic includes the hot dogs consumed during the annual Nathan's Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest?)

10. The Fourth of July did not become a federal holiday until 1938. 

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Wayne Martin
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Good afternoon Lise. Some interesting facts. Thanks. Enjoy your fourth your way.

Jul 03, 2019 01:07 PM #1
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Lise,

We are not heading to the mall, nor will we watch it on TV.  We are looking forward to a long walk on the beach early in the morning and watching Wimbledon...I loved reading your facts.  A

Jul 03, 2019 01:12 PM #2
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Hello Lise- - -and we continue to make history of sorts and create trivialities of many kinds on/about July 4.

Jul 03, 2019 01:18 PM #3
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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We'll just be deck drinking..I mean watching...great view !

Jul 03, 2019 02:02 PM #4
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Lise Howe
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Wayne Martin - I hope you have a wonderful day too - We are driving up to Gettysburg for the day - it is the 155th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg 

Jul 03, 2019 05:04 PM #5
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Lise Howe
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Michael Jacobs - I thought I would stick to trivia from years gone by! LOL - have a great day! 

Jul 03, 2019 05:05 PM #6
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Lise Howe
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel - Have a great day - Wimbleton is pretty interesting this year - We are going to go up to Gettysburg tomorrow for the day to see the battlefield and have lunch

Jul 03, 2019 05:06 PM #7
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Sally K. & David L. HansonHold down that deck and make sure that it doesn't blow away! 

Jul 03, 2019 05:17 PM #8
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Grant Schneider
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Good morning Lise - I love all of the trivia on the fourth.  And John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died on the same Fourth of July.

Jul 04, 2019 05:58 AM #9
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Lise Howe
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Grant Schneider - you are exactly right!  It is amazing how much happened on the 4th - and that day in particular.  Remember that John Adams said as he was dying - Jefferson lives - 

Jul 04, 2019 06:10 AM #10
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Good morning Lise. This is full of good and some unknown information. Enjoy the day.

Jul 04, 2019 08:45 AM #11
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I remember being in Washington DC for 4th of July when I was a kid, I recall an amazing fireworks show!

Jul 04, 2019 12:18 PM #12
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Lise I hope you and your family had a very happy and fun 4th of July!!!

Jul 05, 2019 12:08 PM #13
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