Fun Facts about the Fourth of July

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Jim and I are pretty excited about our Harley Davidson road trip this month, but because it’s the fourth of July on Friday I thought I would share some fun facts about Independence Day that I discovered while doing research for our Harley Davidson Road Trip.

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Most of us have a barbecue or a picnic on the fourth of July, celebrate our patriotism, and watch fireworks once the sun goes down, but there are a few things that most Americans are probably unaware of.

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Jim and I both were quite surprised to learn that the United States Congress didn’t make Independence Day a legal holiday until nearly 100 years after the declaration was signed. However, that didn’t seem to bother some folks as those in Boston made it a legal holiday years before that.

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Although the fourth of July may seem like a lucky day, that wasn’t the case with three of the first five presidents of the United States. Both the second and third presidents, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson consecutively, passed away on the fourth of July, as did the fifth president of the United States, James Monroe. Both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson signed the Declaration of Independence. With that being said, only John Hancock signed the Declaration on July 4 1776, all of the others signed it later.

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We all love our barbecues with July 4 being as popular as Memorial Day Weekend. In fact, over 75 million folks in the US plan to host their own or attend a barbecue. Every Fourth of July, Americans eat around 600 million pounds of chicken and around 155 million hot dogs. I’m sure some of those hot dogs will be consumed at Nathans Annual Hot Dog Competition. The world famous food comp is always held on the fourth of July in New York City.

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Apparently had Benjamin Franklin, another signer on the Declaration of Independence and America’s first millionaire had his way our national bird would have been a turkey instead of a bald eagle.

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And I love this one, our National Anthems tune, The Star Spangled Banner, was originally used as an old English drinking song entitled, “To Anacreon in Heaven.”

Happy Fourth of July, and remember, whatever you do this coming three day weekend stay safe, enjoy and do your best to recall why we celebrate Independence Day in the first place.