Today, across this grand country that we call home, folks will be attending parades, chilling in their backyards with family and friends and enjoying barbeques with all the fixins. If your conversations hit a lull or you need an ice breaker to get conversations rolling this afternoon, try sharing these eight fun facts provided courtesy of the History Channel.
- The Continental Congress voted for independence on July 2, 1776, but didn’t approve the declaration until the 4th. Maybe that means we should have a three-day celebration?
- 56 people signed the declaration. The oldest signer was Benjamin Franklin, 70. The youngest was South Carolina’s Edward Rutledge, 26.
- 76% of Americans get together with their family on this holiday.
- Each Fourth of July, Americans eat 150 million hotdogs—enough to stretch from Washington, D.C., to Los Angeles five times and then some.
- One-third of those hotdogs comes from Iowa.
- Bristol, R.I., hosts the oldest, continuous 4th of July celebration, dating back to 1785.
- 63% of us will attend a fireworks display tonight.
- Macy’s fireworks display is the largest in the country.