18.07.04 4th Fun Facts

July 3, 2018
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Celebrating America’s 242nd Birthday

SmartHER Facts to Impress at Your 4th of July Festivities.

…And should we REALLY be celebrating America’s birth on _AUGUST__2nd?

THE DECLARATION WASN’T SIGNED ON JULY 4 (OR IN JULY AT ALL)

  • We’re actually celebrating the *adoption* of the Declaration of Independence, not its signing.
  • Continental Congress officially voted for independence on July 2nd (the day John Adams thought we should celebrate).
  • Founding Fathers signed on August 2nd.

3 PRESIDENTS HAVE DIED & 1 WAS BORN ON THE 4TH OF JULY

  • Both Thomas Jefferson & John Adams died on July 4, 1826 – 50 years to the day after the Declaration was adopted.
  • James Monroe, America’s 5th president, died on the 4th in 1831.
  • Our 30th Pres Calvin Coolidge was only one born on the 4th.

FIREWORKS INVENTED UNINTENTIONALLY

  • In 800 AD, a chemist mixed ingredients hoping to find the secret to eternal life… instead he created gun powder.
  • Pack that into bamboo/paper tube and… TA DA! Fireworks!
  • On America’s first 4th, fireworks were one color: orange
  • This year, 16K displays, big ones like Boston Pops cost $2.5M.

MOST PATRIOTIC FOODS: DOGS & TURTLES?

  • Americans will enjoy 150M hot dogs this 4th of July.
  • That’s enough hot dogs to stretch from Washington D.C. to Los Angeles more than 5 TIMES.
  • Fun fact: on the first celebration of America’s birth, John Adams & thousands of others celebrated by eating Turtle Soup. Mmmm….

We continue to do our forefathers proud as America's attention turns to New York's Coney Island & the Famous Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. How many hot dogs could you eat in 10 minutes? Click to see the record. #Merica

by Jenna Lee,

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