Tomorrow is Independence Day. The biggest and best summer celebration around the U.S.A.!
Pool parties, picnics, barb-e-ques and fireworks abound in most communities but how much do you really know about this all-American holiday?
Here are some fun facts and trivia.
- John Hancock was the only member of the Continental Congress who actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th. The rest of the members signed on August 2, 1776.
- This year, America will be celebrating our 242nd Independence Day. The White House held it’s first Fourth of July party in 1804.
- July 4th didn’t become a federal holiday until 1938.
- Officers of the British army wrote “Yankee Doodle” to make fun of Americans.
- The U.S. spends $600 million annually on fireworks and over 14,000 fireworks are displayed on the 4th of July.
- Why is our flag red, white and blue? White = purity and innocence, Red = hardiness & valor, and Blue = vigilance, perseverance & justice.
Our Noble Bird
“The bald eagle was chosen June 20, 1782 as the emblem of the United States of America, because of its long life, great strength and majestic looks, and also because it was then believed to exist only on this continent…The eagle represents freedom. Living as he does on the tops of lofty mountains, amid the solitary grandeur of Nature, he has unlimited freedom, whether with strong pinions he sweeps into the valleys below, or upward into the boundless spaces beyond.”
According to the National Sausage and Hot Dog Council (NHDSC) Americans are expected to eat 150 million hot dogs over the July 4th holiday. In 1916, the famous Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest was held on Coney Island and continues today. The person who eats the most hot dogs and buns within 10 minutes wins prize money and the coveted Mustard Belt.
From everyone at Schmidt Custom Floors, Happy 4th of July!