In July 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved and signed, and we’ve been celebrating July 4 and America ever since! While fireworks and backyard barbecues may be the first thing that spring to mind when you consider the national holiday, there’s a lot more to it.
Here are some fun facts you may know about July 4.
- John Hancock was the first person to sign the Declaration of Independence. Because of that, his name later became synonymous for the word signature. “I need your John Hancock.”
- 26 copies of the Declaration of Independence exist.
- The White House held the first event celebrating the Fourth of July in 1801.
- The date wasn’t actually declared a national holiday until 1941.
- If Benjamin Franklin had his way, the turkey would have become our national animal. He was outvoted, and the bald eagle won.
- Americans are expected to eat 150 million hot dogs over the July 4th holiday alone, according to the National Sausage and Hot Dog Council (NHDSC). They’ll eat 7 billion hot dogs between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
- President Barack Obama’s daughter, Malia, was born on July 4.
- More than 14,000 fireworks displays will light up the skies on the Fourth of July, according to the The American Pyrotechnics Association.
Looking for some fun Fourth of July activities? Read on!
- PBS has great coloring pages you can download, just click here.
- Martha Stewart has tempting barbecue, salads and sides recipes, just click here.
- The Crafty Crow is packed with red, white and blue craft ideas, just click here.
- Need some kid-tainment ideas? Better Homes and Gardens has a bevvy of contests and games to try out, just click here.