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5 Surprising Facts about the 4th of July

Amanda Marcum

Amanda graduated in August 2007 from the University of Florida with a bachelors degree in Geological Sciences and a minor in Health Sciences...

Amanda graduated in August 2007 from the University of Florida with a bachelors degree in Geological Sciences and a minor in Health Sciences...

Jul 3 2 minutes read

While you are standing around the grill with your buddies this 4th of July, surprise them with some facts they probably don’t know about this holiday!

  • The Declaration of Independence was not signed on July 4th. The Continental Congress officially voted for independence on July 2nd, but the majority of men signed the official copy of the Declaration of Independence on August 2nd. So really, we celebrate the adoption of the Declaration, not the signing of it on July 4th.
  • The shortest 4th of July parade is just over half a mile long. In Aptos, California, they celebrate Independence Day with the shortest parade in the United States. It only takes up two city blocks!
  • 15,000 fireworks displays light up the sky every year. According to the American Pyrotechnics Association, around 15,000 fireworks displays take place during the 4th of July holiday.
  • The most expensive fireworks display costs more than 2 million dollars. The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular averages more than 2 million dollars each year! Small towns generally spend anywhere from $8,0000-$15,000 for their displays.
  • 150 MILLION hotdogs will be eaten on 4th of July! That’s enough hot dogs to stretch from Washington D.C. to Los Angeles more than FIVE times.

For more interesting facts about the 4th of July, check out this great article!

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