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Fun Facts for America’s Independence Day

Today marks the 235th anniversary of the birth of our nation. It was July 4, 1776, and while John Adams predicted that America would declare their independence two days earlier, July 4 has now become one of the most celebrated holidays in the United States. While you enjoy the company of friends and family and watch the sky sparkle with color, here are some fun and historical facts about Independence Day.

  • Thomas Jefferson primarily wrote the Declaration of Independence.
  • There is much speculation that the Declaration of Independence was signed on August 2, 1776 rather than July 4.
  • Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on July 4, 1826—the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.
  • A total of 56 people signed the Declaration of Independence. The first being John Hancock, who is known for signing his name the largest.
  • July 4 was first labeled Independence Day in 1791.
  • Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest has been held in Coney Island since 1916.
  • The United States spent $197.3 million on importing fireworks in 2010.
  • The apples in your apple pie more than likely came from either Washington or New York, the top two apple producing states.
  • There is a one in six chance that your beef for today’s barbecue came from Texas.
  • There is a 95% chance the ketchup that you’re slathering on your hot dog came from California.