Every year in the United States July 4th celebrates the day the Second Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence.
July 4th is the federal holiday where we traditionally celebrate our freedom. Fourth of July gatherings or events to celebrate the birth of our nation will vary across the country, but parades, fireworks, and outdoor fun are sure to be found.
Fun facts and trivia to share at your backyard celebration.
- The first White House Fourth of July party was held in 1804.
- John Hancock was the only member of the Continental Congress who formally signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.
- The Fourth became a paid legal holiday for employees of the federal government in 1938.
- John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe died on the Fourth of July.
- Yankee Doodle, the celebrated patriotic song, was written by British army officers to make fun of backwoods Americans.
- Roughly 2.5 million people lived in the newly formed nation’s 13 colonies. Today, 246 years ago the U.S. population is more than 331.8 million.
- A whopping 150 million hot dogs are consumed on the 4th of July — enough hot dogs to stretch from Washington D.C. to Los Angeles more than five times!
- Display firework sales were $262 million in 2021. The consumer fireworks industry grossed $2.2 billion.
- Pet disappearances increase by 30% on the 4th of July.
Not only will pets suffer on this holiday, but many PTSD veterans will also be cringing with every blast of those fireworks set off in your driveway. Consider attending a fireworks display or watching one on the television instead.