The fourth of July is a day of joy and celebration across the United States. Here are some fun and interesting facts about July 4th.
The Continental Congress approved the wording of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The date of the signing of the Declaration of Independence is disputed by many historians. Some conclude it was signed on August 2, 1776.
On July 4, 1778, George Washington ordered a double ration of rum for his soldiers to celebrate the holiday.
The only two signers of the Declaration of Independence who later served as President of the United States were John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. Both men died on July 4, 1826.
Congress declared July 4th as an official holiday in 1870 as part of a bill to officially recognize other holidays, Christmas being one of them.
The United States went all out to celebrate its 200th anniversary in 1976. The U.S. Mint produced special half dollar coins and quarters, a navy of tall ships docked in New York and Boston, and a covered wagon traversed the continent during the Bicentennial Wagon Train Pilgrimage. President Gerald Ford lit the third lantern at Boston’s Old North Church in 1975 as a symbol of the start of America’s third century.
In 1979, Congress designated Seward as “America’s Official Fourth of July City-Small Town USA.” The small town of 6,000 swells to over 40,000 revelers during the holiday celebrations.
The shortest 4th of July parade is held in Aptos, California. The route is only two city blocks.
The largest fireworks show in the country is the Macy’s show in New York City.
Americans consume around 155 million hot dogs on the Fourth of July each year. They also spend $92 million on chips, $167.5 million on watermelon, and $341.4 million on beer.
Notable people born on July 4 include; author Nathaniel Hawthorne – 1804; President Calvin Coolidge – 1872; former New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner – 1930; Television personality Geraldo Rivera – 1943.
Everyone at TCI Business Capital would like to wish you and your family a safe, enjoyable fourth of July.
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