Monday, July 04, 2016

Happy Fourth of July

Happy Independence Day to all my American readers!

It was on this date in 1776 that the original thirteen American colonies now regarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America. The Continental Congress declared they were no longer part of the British Empire.

Here are four fascinating facts about the famous holiday:
  • July 4 wasn't deemed a federal holiday until 1870, nearly 100 years after the nation was founded.
  • Fireworks have been a major part of Fourth of July since the earliest celebrations. In 1884, miners blew up the post office in Swan, Colorado, because it wasn't supplied with fireworks.
  • Americans consume around 155 million hot dogs on the Fourth of July each year. They also spend $92 million on chips, $167.5 million on watermelon, and $341.4 million on beer.
  • Only two people actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4: John Hancock and Charles Thomson, secretary of Congress. Most of the others signed on August 2.