Ten Things You Don’t Know About: Independence Day

July 18, 2018

On July 4th 2018 we celebrated our country’s 242nd Independence Day, and although we have come a long way from 1776, many facts about the historic day are still unknown to most people. Like all festivities in our culture, Independence Day is treated like a holiday and not a day of remembrance for those who served bravery and heroism.



Let’s take a closer look:


Congress didn't officially vote for independence on July 4, as 12 out of 13 states voted in favor on July 2nd.


Though Independence Day was celebrated the following year, the Fourth of July wasn't actually a federal holiday until 1870. In 1941, it became a paid holiday for federal employees.


Drinking was a significant part of historical Fourth of July celebrations — it was a tradition to drink 13 toasts, one for each state in the union.


Strangely, both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on July 4, 1826.


Calvin Coolidge is the only president born on July 4.


The Philippines became independent from U.S. control on July 4, 1946, and the day became a national Philippines holiday.


At the first Fourth of July in Philadelphia in 1777, revelers fired a one for each colony. That night, 13 fireworks were fired off.


According to the American Pyrotechnics Association, Americans spent over $1 billion on fireworks in 2017. That number has roughly tripled over the last 20 years.


July 4 is the biggest hot dog day of the year.


Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest, which is over a century old, takes place July 4 every year. The record, currently held by Joey Chestnut, is 72 hot dogs in 10 minutes.


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