We are all looking forward to the fourth of July holiday here at AT-HQ. Along with getting out for some fun in the sun, we will be having a sale on the website. Keep an eye on our Instagram and email list to know when that goes live. While we get that all set, here are a few fun facts about the holiday to ponder.
1. Federal Recognition
The Fourth of July was not deemed a federal holiday until 1870, 100 years after the country was founded. Massachusetts was the first state to declare it a state holiday in 1781.
2. Official Signing
The Declaration of Independence was actually signed two days before the 4th, on the second of July by the Continental Congress. The Declaration was then approved on the Fourth of July.
Americans eat around 150 million hot dogs on this day.
People spend 1 billion dollars on fireworks per year, with only 10% being set off professionally.
5. Flag Code
It is actually illegal to wear anything displaying the American flag according to the US Flag Code. However, this rule is not enforced. So feel free to wear as much patriotic clothing as you want.
6. Unlucky for Presidents?
Three presidents have died on the 4th of July, including Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and James Monroe. One president, Zachary Taylor, even died from eating bad fruit in 1850 during a Fourth of July celebration.
7. Beer Sales
Since 2016, the Fourth of July has been the number one holiday for beer sales.
A Fourth of July tradition in New England includes eating salmon.
Be safe and have a wonderful holiday!