Ahh, the Fourth of July. A day full of BBQs, hot dogs, fireworks, and time spent with loved ones. Besides the fact that we get a long weekend (woohoo!), there’s actually a lot to the holiday that most Americans don’t know. Here are a few fun facts to share with your family, friends, and co-workers this week that are sure to spark your patriotic pride.
- Americans consume more than 150 million hot dogs on Independence Day alone.
I mean... is there anything better than a hot dog on the grill after spending the day at the pool? Childhood memory, unlocked.
- Ever wonder why we set off fireworks on the 4th?
In 1777, the tradition began in Philadelphia during the first organized celebration of Independence Day, which included thirteen rockets in honor of each colony. Boom. Now you know.
- The One World Trade Center building in New York is 1,776 feet tall.
The tallest building in the United States has a height inspired by the year in which America declared independence from Great Britain.
- One of our Presidents was born on July 4th.
Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President of the United States, was born in 1872 in Plymouth, Vermont. Fireworks on your birthday? Jealous!
- Independence Day should actually be July 2nd.
The Continental Congress voted for independence on July 2, 1776. The document was printed two days later, so that’s where the holiday gets its date.
- Three of our Presidents passed away on July 4th.
John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe all died on the anniversary of Independence Day.
- Americans spend about $1 billion on fireworks each Independence Day.
Did we just blow your mind?
The party doesn't have to stop when you return to the office on July 5th. If you're looking for a way to get your co-workers together for some good old-fashioned fun, book a company Field Day! For more info, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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