Fun facts of the week: 4th of July

As we are getting closer to 4th of July, check out these fun facts that you may not know about.

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Here are the fun facts:

  • According to author Kenneth C. Davis, July 2nd is the real day of Independence, but it is celebrated on the fourth because that is when Congress accepted Jefferson’s declaration.
  • Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence on a “laptop”, which was a writing desk that could fit on one’s lap.
  • Thomas Jefferson changed the wording of Declaration of Independence from “the pursuit of property” to “the pursuit of happiness”.
  • John Adam and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826.
  • Only two men signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776- John Hancock and Charles Thompson.
  • Jefferson’s original draft of the declaration of independence was lost and the one eventually signed is the “engrossed” documentation.
  • Several countries have used the Declaration of Independence as a beacon in their own struggles for freedom. These counties include France, Greece, Poland, Russian and many countries in South America.
  • July 4 marks a day of liberation in both Philippines and Rwanda. In the Southeast Asian nation, July 4th is known as “Republic day”.
  • July 4th is the biggest hot dog holiday of the year
  • According to TIME magazine, American reportedly consuming about 155 million of hotdog on this day alone.
  • 700 million pounds of chicken are consumed on this day.
  • According to legend, on July 4, 1776, John Adams and his wife sat down for a celebratory meal of turtle soup, New England poached salmon with egg sauce, green peas and boiled new potato in jackets.
  • Due to concerns about cracking the iconic instrument, the Liberty Bell has not been rung since 1846. Instead, every year, to mark the 4th of July, the 2,000-pound bell is tapped 13 times to signal for bells crossed the Country to start ringing.
  • The Country’s 30th president, Calvin Coolidge, was born on Independence day in 1872.
  • Benjamin Franklin proposed the turkey as the national bird but was overruled by John Adam and Thomas Jefferson, who recommended the bald eagle.
  • The U.S imported $227.3 million worth of fireworks from China.
  • The U.S. import $3.6 million of the American flag from China.