Thirteen Fun Facts about Independence Day!
Happy July 4th!
1. More than one in four hot dogs and pork sausages consumed on the Fourth of July originate in Iowa.
2. $207 million in fireworks are imported from China for 4th of July fireworks celebrations.
3. Thirty-one towns in the US have “liberty” in their name.
4. Twelve towns in the US have “independence” in their name.
5. Nine towns in the US have “freedom” in their name.
6. One town in the US is named "Patriot."
7. Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, picnics, and baseball games.
8. In 1778, General George Washington marked Independence Day with a double ration of rum for his soldiers and an artillery salute.
9. The first recorded use of the name "Independence Day" was in 1791.
10. The town of Bristol, RI is noted for having the oldest, continuous Independence Day celebration in the United States - since 1785.
11. The Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, which is held on Independence Day, supposedly started on July 4, 1916 as a way to settle a dispute among four immigrants as to who was the most patriotic.
12. Americans consume about 150 million hot dogs on July 4th, or almost one hot dog for every other person in the US.
13. Though always a holiday for Federal employees, it didn't become a paid holiday until 1941.
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