4th of July Numbers and Fun Facts
Have a HAPPY and SAFE 4th of July!
The Declaration of Independence was signed for more than 2 years after the Boston Tea Party.
The Continental Congress voted for Independence on July 2, 1776, but didn’t approve the declaration until the 4th.
In 1781 Massachusetts became the first state to make July 4th a state holiday.
Bristol, Rhode Island is home to the oldest continuous Fourth of July Celebration dating back to 1785
Independence Day festivities became more wide spread after the War of 1812
Founding Father’s John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4th, 1826 - 50 years to the day after Independence Day.
On the 4th Americans Eat 150 million hot dogs. ~Enough to stretch from D.C. to L.A. more than 5 times
The Nathan’s Famous Hot dog eating contest at Coney Island and Began in 1916
The Record is held currently by Joey Chestnut at 72 Hot dogs (including Buns)
Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks show in NY city is the largest in the country
12,000 Pounds of Black Powder used to launch the shells
The fireworks are launched from 6 barges, each carrying 5 miles of wire!!