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4 Things You Didn’t Know About the 4th of July

The Fourth of July: A day of celebration, including cookouts, patriotic parades and of course fireworks! But do you really know the true story about our nation’s holiday? We have compiled a list of some fun facts about the Fourth of July for you! See how many, if any, you know!

Happy 2nd of July!

The second Continental Congresses voted for America’s independence on July 2nd. In fact, John Adams wrote home to his wife, Abigail, saying, “The second day of July, 1776, will be celebrated by succeeding generations at the great anniversary festival.” July 4th is only significant because that was the day Congress officially adopted the Declaration of Independence document.

The 4th of July was celebrated with greenery:

Red, white and blue are the defining colors of all fireworks, clothes and decorations for The Fourth of July. But, these colors weren’t widely available for decoration in colonial years, especially in the heat of battle during the Revolutionary War. The first few Independence Day celebrations used greenery as decoration instead. Soldiers wore greenery in their caps and buildings were decorated with greenery. As red, white and blue paper became more available and the flag became more important, the greenery was replaced with red, white and blue décor.

A high school student designed the modern flag:

The American flag has gone through several modifications as the regions grew and even reached beyond its borders. The modern “50 star flag,” however, has a pretty cool story behind its creation. A 16-year-old-high school student, Robert G. Heft of Lancaster, Ohio was assigned to create a new “national banner” for America that would recognize the statehood of Alaska and Hawaii. Heft added two extra stars to the flag to give it an even 50 and stitched his own design. His teacher gave him a “B-minus” for his effort, so he sent his project to President Dwight D. Eisenhower for consideration and a change of grade. Eisenhower chose his design personally and the new flag was officially adopted in 1960. Hefts teacher changed his grade to an “A”.

Americans eat a lot of hot dogs!

According to TIME magazine “Americans eat some 20 billion hot dog per year, and 155 million of them are consumed on July 4th alone, according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council.” Soooo many hot dogs!

Did you know any of these facts about The Fourth of July? Tell us in the comments below!

Hope you have a wonderful time celebrating our freedom with friends and family this weekend!

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Kendra Shacklett
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I went to Oklahoma State University where I received my BA in Strategic Marketing and Communications. I have worked in the textbook industry for two years, and I specialize in social media marketing and content creation here at TextbookRush.