Fab Friday July 4th Facts and Fun

Fab Friday Fourth of July Facts and FunThis Friday, July 4th is Independence Day here in the United States. It’s a day of picnics, pot lucks, watermelon, water balloons, hot dogs, corn on the cob, barbecue, and beer. It’s a day of parades, parties, family outings, and fireworks celebrations.

Most importantly it is a day to proudly display our nation’s flag to commemorate our independence as a new nation – a nation of free people able to speak our minds, voice our opinions, and give thanks for rights we occasionally take for granted.

Let’s take a look at some of the more interesting facts about Independence Day and July 4th

1. The 4th of July was not declared a national holiday until 1941

2. Presidents John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe all died on the 4th

3. President Calvin Coolidge was born on July 4, 1872

4. Only John Hancock actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. All the others signed later

5. July 2nd should be Independence Day as that is the day Congress ruled in favor of independence, but it was two days later that the Declaration of Independence was approved. (Hmm, my birthday could have been a day for all to celebrate)

6. More than 74 million Americans are planning a BBQ for the 4th

7. Approximately 150 million hot dogs are consumed on this day

8. Approximately 68.3 million cases of beer are sold for the 4th of July, which makes it the biggest holiday for beer sales

9. The US imports about $3.6 million of American flags each year, most of them from China

10. 11 places in the U.S. have the word “Independence” in their name

* Source: Wikipedia

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This week’s Fab Friday snippet of entertainment –

You’ll want to turn your sound on and view in full screen.

July 4, 2012 Fireworks at Gas Works Park in Seattle, WA


Stay safe and sane this 4th,
Marilyn T