Most of us know about the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the Revolutionary War, but July 4th itself has a pretty interesting two hundred and forty-one year old history.

Here's some fascinating facts you probably didn't know about the famous holiday:

    • Only two people actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4: John Hancock and Charles Thomson, secretary of Congress. Most of the others signed on August 2.
    • One US president, Calvin Coolidge, was born on July 4th. So were Nathaniel Hawthorne, Neil Simon, George Steinbrenner, and Malia Obama
    • Three US presidents have died on July 4th — John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe. In a bizarre twist of fate, Adams and Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826, the fiftieth anniversary of the country they helped found.
    •  On July 4, 1778, George Washington ordered a double ration of rum for his soldiers to celebrate the holiday.
    • July 4th wasn't deemed a federal holiday until 1870, nearly 100 years after the nation was founded.
    • Fireworks have been a major part of Fourth of July since the earliest celebrations. In 1884, miners blew up the post office in Swan, Colorado, because it wasn't supplied with fireworks.
    • The Philippines gained their own independence from the US on July 4, 1946 by signing the Treaty of Manila.
    • Americans consume around 155 million hot dogs on the 4th of July each year. They also spend $92 million on chips, $167.5 million on watermelon, and $341.4 million on beer.

If you're feeling creative for the 4th, we have great red jar candles, blue tapers and white simmer snaps. Now get decorating, you patriot! 

 

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