July Fun Facts
"America is a tune. It must be sung together."
-Gerald Stanley Lee
July is finally here! And you know what that means...It's almost time to celebrate America's Birthday! Now that it is *officially* July, let's learn some fun facts about July and Independence Day! Check them out below.
- John Adams refused to celebrate on July 4th. Why? According to him, America's liberation should have been celebrated on July 2, when Congress voted to approve the Declaration of Independence.
- Several US Presidents died on July 4th. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, who both signed the Declaration, died within hours of each other on the 50th anniversary of Independence Day. James Monroe also died on the same day five years later! #Creepy
- Independence Day is the biggest holiday for beer sales, topping Labor Day, Memorial Day, Father's Day and Christmas. In fact, over $1B was spent on beer for July 4th festivities back in 2017!
- In 1979, an act of Congress dubbed Seward, Nebraska, "America's Official Fourth of July City-Small Town USA." with a population total of about 6,000 people.
- Since 1785, the town of Bristol, Rhode Island, starts celebrating all things America on Flag Day, June 14th, and end on July 4th with a patriotic parade! This parade is the oldest 4th of July parade in the country.
- Our current American Flag design was chosen in 1960.
- According to 62% of Americans own an American flag.
- 86 places across the country have the words "freedom" "eagle" "independence" or "liberty" in their name.
- In 2018, $6.9 BILLION was forecasted to be spent on food and drink for the patriotic festivities!
- Speaking of food, it's estimated that 150 MILLION hot dogs will be consumed every 4th of July weekend.
- Over 16,000 firework displays are held every year to celebrate America's birthday. 44% of all firework displays in America are held on July 4th alone!
- Americans spend upwards of $825 MILLION on 4th of July fireworks.
- Only 2/50 states have banned all consumer fireworks...Massachusetts and Delaware (how boring!)
- In 2018, 46.9 million Americans traveled 50+ miles to attend July 4th festivities.
No matter what your plans entail this week, we hope that all of your 4th of July celebrations are safe, fun, and memorable! Happy *Almost* Birthday, America!