Fireworks, BBQ, and relaxing are all synonymous with the fourth of July. A classic American holiday, celebrating the birth of the United States. Here are some interesting and fun facts about the fourth of July, that you might not know.
Gaining our independence
A common misconception among many Americans is the belief that, the fourth of July, marks the day that the United States gained its independence from the Great Britain. July 4, 1776 is when the Declaration of Independence was signed, not the day the U.S. gained its independence. It wasn’t until September 3, 1783 when the Treaty of Paris was signed by the U.S. and Britain, that a formal end of the war would occur. The Treaty of Paris officially marked the United States’ independence from Great Britain.
Celebrating the holiday
It took until 1870, 94 years after the signing of the DOI, for the U.S. congress to make July 4th an official federal holiday. While July 4th didn’t become a holiday until 1870, many Americans still celebrated and commemorated the day. In 1778 and 1781, George Washington gave his troops double rations of rum to celebrate July 4th.
The Fourth of July gives people a reason to buy fireworks, and from June 22 to July 22 of 2013, the injuries caused by fireworks sent 200 people per day to the emergency room. Just under half of the injuries incurred, were to the hands and fingers, while just over half of the total injuries were burns. Make sure to keep an eye on your husbands, ladies, because nearly three-fourths of all injuries were incurred by males.
The combined total of hot dogs consumed by, Joey Chestnut, the champion of Nathan’s Famous hot dog eating competition for the past six years, is a grand total of 380 hot dogs (dog and buns). With the competition lasting only 10 minutes, Chestnut consumes an average of just about 6.3 hot dogs a minute. But don’t worry if your not on pace with Chestnut, to speed up his pace he usually dunks the buns in water before putting down his gullet.
The Fourth of July is tied with New Year’s Eve, as the top holiday that causes dogs to runaway. The loud noises from the fireworks and celebrations tend to frighten dogs, and cause them to panic. Keep your dog on a leash or inside the house, to make sure you don’t end up having to post fliers on telephone poles the next day.