Have a safe, happy and FUN 4th of July!
Did you Know...
Congress made Independence Day an official unpaid holiday for federal employees in 1870. In 1938, Congress changed Independence Day to a paid federal holiday.
The first Independence Day celebration took place in Philadelphia on July 8, 1776. This was also the day that the Declaration of Independence was first read in public after people were summoned by the ringing of the Liberty Bell.
Benjamin Franklin proposed the turkey as the national bird but was overruled by John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, who recommended the bald eagle.
In 1776, there were 2.5 million people living in the new nation. Today the population of the U.S.A. is well over 300 million.
Approximately 150 million hot dogs and 700 million pounds of chicken are consumed on this day.
Every 4th of July the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia is tapped (not actually rung) thirteen times in honor of the original thirteen colonies.