4th July – Independence Day Fun Facts
Its’ Independence Day in the US, and with Atlantic Pacific being one of the leading providers of logistics services, to and from the US, we felt we would embrace the day and share some fun facts.
The US Didn’t Actually Declare Independence on the 4th of July. It is widely believed that America declared their independence from Britain on July 4, 1776. However, the official vote confirming independence took place two days before, with the “Declaration” papers being published on July 4.
Americans Will Enjoy 150 Million Hot Dogs During the Holiday. Americans are expected to eat 150 million hot dogs over the July 4th holiday. This is just a small part of an estimated 7 billion that will be eaten during the season from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Only Two people Signed the Declaration on July 4th 1776. Charles Thompson and the infamous John Hancock were the only two people who actually signed the Declaration on the day. The other 54 delegates signed over the course of the next month.
The Declaration of Independence Was Written on a Laptop. Okay, not a modern day laptop, but Thomas Jefferson drafted the declaration on a writing desk that could fit over one’s lap. This device was referred to at the time as a ‘laptop’.
Fireworks: An American Tradition Dating Back to 1777. Fireworks date back as a tradition of Independence Day to the first anniversary in 1777. John Adams wrote in a letter to his wife, Abigail, that he wanted Independence Day to be celebrated with pomp, parade, shows, and Illuminations. Although, this original letter was written when Adams presumed that Independence Day would be celebrated on July 2.
From smaller Acorns. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that there were only about 2.5 million people living in America in 1776 when the Declaration of Independence was signed. This has now grown to 332.4 million people.
A Little Late to the Parade July 4th was not deemed a federal holiday until 1870, nearly 100 years after the nation was founded.
Happy 4th of July !!