Here at Fuller & Fuller, Attorneys, we’re gearing up to celebrate the Fourth of July and wanted to share some fun facts about Independence Day with you.
The Fourth of July is when we celebrate our Founding Fathers signing the Declaration of Independence and launching our nation on its path to greatness, but there are facts about this day of celebration that many Americans do not know.
- Fireworks were a part of even the first Independence Day celebration on July 4, 1777, one year after the Declaration of Independence was signed.
- There will be approximately 14,000 professional fireworks displays in the United States this year, not to mention the millions of families who will celebrate with their own fireworks.
- Independence Day was not declared an official federal holiday until 1870.
- You have a 1 in 4 chance of eating hot dogs or chicken this Fourth of July. It is estimated that Americans will eat a whopping 150 million hot dogs and 750 million pounds of chicken on Independence Day.
- Approximately 75 million Americans will barbecue this Independence Day.
- Three of the first five American presidents passed away on July 4: Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, and John Adams. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams actually passed away on the exact same day. Another American president, Calvin Coolidge, was born on July 4.
- The population of the United States in 1776 was 2.5 million, and today it is over 300 million.
On a more serious note, we at Fuller & Fuller, Accident & Injury Attorneys, urge you to drive carefully on the Fourth of July, because every Independence Day sees an uptick in the amount of car collisions and traffic fatalities. Please stay safe!