The Fourth of July is fast approaching! This holiday, which marks our country’s birthday, is celebrated by fireworks, parades and barbecue. As you are contemplating how you will celebrate this holiday, you might find these facts interesting:
- The Declaration of Independence was penned by Thomas Jefferson and signed by 56 men representing 13 colonies.
- Fireworks were first used to celebrate July 4th in 1777. Congress chose fireworks to celebrate the first anniversary. They were ignited over Philadelphia.
- The oldest continuous 4th of July parade is in Bristol, Rhode Island; it began in 1785.
- Americans consume an estimated 55 million hot dogs on Independence Day alone; it is the biggest hot dog holiday of the year!
For more interesting trivia facts on the holiday, click here. Happy Fourth of July!