Since the 4th of July fell on a Monday this year, many Americans are enjoying the perks of a three day weekend. We’re here to share some red, white, and blue fun facts. Start today off with a BANG!
(1) According to legend, the infamous Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest was originally a bet. As the story goes, four immigrants conducted a contest. Whoever ate the most hot dogs was the most patriotic. Unfortunately, this story was later disclosed as fabrication, but the tradition continues.
(2) Only one president, Calvin Coolidge, was born on July 4th. However, three presidents have passed away on this day. They are John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe. Coincidentally enough, Adams and Jefferson were also signers of the Declaration of Independence.
(3) Fireworks were first used on the 4th of July in 1777 to commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
(4) According to estimates by The American Pyrotechnic Association (APA), Americans are expected to fork over approximately $800 million on fireworks for this year’s Independence Day celebration. That’s a lot of money to (literally) watch go up in smoke.
(5) Sales, sales, and more sales! Retailers take advantage of the holiday weekend by marketing to consumers. While it’s still technically summertime, you can often get some really great discounts on seasonal items…especially those things which will go out of stock in a few months. Be sure to read my previous blog on how you can boost your business during high-traffic holiday weekends.
(6) July 4th was considered an unofficial holiday until 1870. Independence Day wasn’t a federal holiday until almost 100 years after the Declaration of Independence was signed.
(7) Consumers are expected to spend almost $7 million on Independence Day food. That’s comes out to about $71 per household.
(8) The bald eagle would not have been Benjamin Franklin’s choice for America’s national bird. He felt a turkey would have been more appropriate.
(9) The crack in the Liberty Bell is no joke. Therefore, to prevent additional damage, the bell has not rung since 1846. Instead of ringing it, an official taps the bell 13 times to signify the original 13 colonies.
We hope you’ve enjoyed our red, white, and blue fun facts. The entire team at SDB wishes you a very safe, happy, and fun 4th of July. God Bless America!
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