Think you know everything there is to know about Independence Day? Sure, you might know the basics - like that it marks the date that the U.S. adopted the Declaration of Independence, a document penned by Thomas Jefferson to declare our independence from Great Britain. But did you know that the Declaration of Independence was actually adopted by Congress on July 2nd? Do you know which famous Americans can claim July 4th as their birth day? Or how many hot dogs Americans eat to mark this auspicious holiday?
It's ok, we've got you covered with all of these facts and more.
Read on to learn everything you really need to know about the Fourth of July:
1. The town of Bristol, Rhode Island is home to the oldest continuous Fourth of July Parade in existence. The town has been rocking the celebrations every year since 1785.
2. Malia Obama, George Steinbrenner, Neil Simon, Ron Kovic and Calvin Coolidge are all Fourth of July babies that claim the famous holiday as their birth date.
3. Three U.S. Presidents, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe, died on July 4th. In fact, Adams and Jefferson died on the same day within hours of each other in 1826.
4. The first official Fourth of July party was held at the White House in 1801.
5. The song "Yankee Doodle" was sung originally by British officers is a means of mocking what they saw as backwoods Americans.
6. There are more than 30 towns in the U.S. that have the word "Liberty" in their names.
7. Americans consume about 155 million hot dogs on Independence Day alone. It's no wonder that July is considered National Hot Dog Month!
8. Unfortunately, along with all of those hot dogs, Americans also consumer a lot of alcohol - making the Fourth of July the deadliest holiday of the year for alcohol-related car accidents.
9. To avoid additional damage, the Liberty Bell has not been rung since 1846. Rangers mark the Independence holiday by symbolically tapping the bell 13 times.
10. The Fourth of July was almost the Second of July. That was the date that the original resolution of independence was approved in a closed session of Congress in 1776. Two days later, Congress ratified the resolution and July 4th has marked the date of our independence ever since.
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