10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About the Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is a time for backyard barbecues and dazzling fireworks displays. With over 200 years of history and tradition, it’s understandable if you don’t know everything about America’s Independence Day. From the true story behind the signing of the Declaration of Independence to some surprising hot dog statistics, here are 10 things you might not know about the Fourth of July:

  • The Declaration of Independence wasn’t signed on July 4 (or in July at all).
  • The first Fourth of July celebrations were quite similar to today’s festivities.
  • Eating salmon on the Fourth of July is a tradition in New England.
  • Massachusetts was the first state to recognize the Fourth of July.
  • The oldest annual Fourth of July celebration is held in Bristol, Rhode Island.
  • The shortest Fourth of July parade is in Aptos, California.
  • There are around 15,000 Independence Day fireworks celebrations every year.
  • Americans consume an enormous number of hot dogs on the Fourth of July.
  • Americans also spend billions on food for Fourth of July celebrations.
  • Three presidents have died, and one was born, on the Fourth of July.
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