Did you know… the Continental Congress* voted for independence on July 2, 1776, but didn’t approve the Declaration of Independence until July 4th. Now 238 years later, how do we Americans show pride for our nation, and appreciation for what our founding fathers did? By setting off magnificent fireworks (14,000 displays will explode across the U.S. this year), by displaying the American flag (sadly, only 66% of us do that), and by consuming 150 million hot dogs (enough to stretch from DC to LA more than five times).
So before you celebrate this Friday, bone up on a little bit of history and lots fun facts about Independence Day.
Here’s what else you need to know about 4th of July by the numbers, via History.com.
* The Continental Congress was the formal means by which the American colonial governments coordinated their resistance to British rule during the first two years of the American Revolution. The Congress balanced the interests of the different colonies and also established itself as the official colonial liaison with Great Britain.
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