Some 4th Of July Fun Facts For This Weekend

Lauren Kelly

Who’s ready for BarBQue, hotdogs, fireworks and the best Independence Day celebrations this weekend?? Meeee!

Before you head out to the pool or grill though, check out some fun facts I found for this weekend’s holiday from

* Of the 56 signers, John Hancock was the first person to sign the Declaration of Independence and penned the LARGEST signature.

* The oldest signer was Benjamin Franklin at 70, with the youngest being Edward Rutledge at 26.

* Thomas Jefferson changed the wording of the Declaration of Independence from “the pursuit of property” to “the pursuit of happiness.”

* Congress declared Independence Day a federal legal holiday in 1941.

* Macy’s 4th of July fireworks show in NYC is the largest in the country…with: more than 40,000 shells launched, 12,000 pounds of black powder are used to launch the shells, and the shells explode up to 1000 feet in the sky. WOW.

* $190.7 million :: The value of fireworks imported from China, representing the bulk of all U.S. fireworks imports ($197.3 million ) in 2010. U.S. exports of fireworks, came to just $37 million in 2010, with Japan purchasing more than any other country ($6.3 million)

* An estimated 150 million hot dogs will be consumed on July 4th.

* Today, 63% of people attend a fireworks display.

* 80% of people attend a bbq, picnic or cookout

* 26% of people still set off their own fireworks (let’s hope they’re in a legal area to do so!)

* The “Star Spangled Banner” was written by Francis Scott Key and was originally a poem stemming from his observations in 1814 concerning the British attack on Baltimore’s Fort McHenry during the War of 1812. It was later put to music, though not decreed the official national anthem until 1931.

* The White House held its first 4th of July party in 1801.


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