Happy Birthday, America!! Today our great country turns a whopping 235 years old; we are the 4th largest country with the 3rd highest population in the world. We are comprised of 50 states, our nation’s capital is Washington, DC and our ten largest cities (from largest to smallest) are: New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Antonio, San Diego, Dallas and Detroit. And in these cities and across the nation, we celebrate with picnics, parades, barbecues, family gatherings and fireworks. And now that the geography lesson is over, below find some fun historical trivia to make you the smartest one at the party this holiday. Enjoy!
- The 4th of July (also known as Independence Day) has been a national holiday for us since 1941.
- Denmark, Norway, Sweden and England also celebrate the 4th of July
- 2. 5 million people lived in the USA in July, 1776; today the population is over 311 million
- On July 8, 1776, the first public readings of the Declaration were held in Philadelphia’s Independence Square to the ringing of bells and band music. One year later, on July 4, 1777, Philadelphia marked Independence Day by adjourning Congress and celebrating with bonfires, bells and fireworks.
- The Liberty Bell acquired its crack on its first ring, July 8, 1776. It was rung to summon folks to the town square to hear the reading of the Declaration of Independence.
- The Liberty Bell has over 1.5 million visitors annually, and the bell weighs 2,080 pounds ( that is a little over one ton!)
- John Hancock has the largest signature on the Declaration of Independence
- The Declaration of Independence was signed by 56 men and the final signature was given by Thomas McKean on August 2, 1776
- Both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on July 4, 1826
- Calvin Coolidge is the only President of the United States to be born on the 4th of July. He was born in the year 1872
- Thirty cities in the USA have “Liberty” in their name
- Eleven cities have “Independence” in their name
- Five towns have the name “Freedom
- There is only one city named “Patriot” — Patriot, Indiana
- There are approximately 150 million cookouts held on July 4th
- Over $135.6 million is spent on fireworks….and they are imported from China
- The origin of Uncle Sam probably began in 1812, when Samuel Wilson was a meat packer who provided meat to the US Army. The meat shipments were stamped with the initials, U.S. Someone joked that the initials stood for “Uncle Sam”. This joke eventually led to the idea of Uncle Sam symbolizing the United States government
Wishing all my readers a safe and happy holiday and make sure to stay tuned…fresh new blog posts coming this week…I promse.