10 Fun Facts About the Fourth of July

10 Fun Facts About the Fourth of July



For many, the 4th of July is a time to relax in the sun, enjoy a few drinks, and watch fireworks with family and friends. But the history of Independence Day is much richer and more exciting than one might believe. Here are 10 fun facts about the U.S. birthday that might surprise family and friends.

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1. Independence Wasn't Declared on the 4th

It is widely believed that America declared independence from Britain on July 4, 1776. However, the official vote actually took place two days before, and the “Declaration” was published in papers on July 4.

2. The Designer of the 50-Star Flag Lived in Ohio

In 1958, a history teacher assigned a class to redesign the national flag as both Alaska and Hawaii neared statehood. Robert G. Heft, then 16, designed a new flag using the old 48-star flag and $2.87 worth of materials. His design became the official flag in 1960.

3. Americans Will Enjoy 150 Million Hot Dogs During the 4th

According to the National Sausage and Hot Dog Council, Americans are expected to eat 150 million hot dogs over the July 4th holiday.

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