Happy Fourth Makers!! Take these facts with you and make yourself the smartest gearhead at the BBQ this year!
1. It’s More OK to Eat Hot Dogs Today – So take advantage!
Fourth is the “biggest hot dog holiday of the year,” according to TIME magazine, with Americans reportedly consuming about 155 million of them on an average Independence Day.
The origins of this delicacy, however, remain a mystery. Not even the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council knows from whence they came.
2. Get the Party Started Already
Americans didn’t wait around for an official governmental OK to start celebrating. Citizens began observing the Fourth of July as early as 1777, when the first-ever major celebration in Philadelphia included a parade, a thirteen-shot cannon salute and fireworks, but Congress didn’t make it official until 1870, when it was part of a bill passed to recognize major state holidays at a federal level — like Independence Day, Christmas and New Year’s Day,” according to TIME magazine.
3. Bleeding Red, White and Blue
Where would you go to be in the country’s most patriotic state on the 4th?
Pennsylvania! According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the so-called “State of Independence,” where the Declaration of Independence was debated and signed, is home to 11 places with the word “liberty” in their name and 33 with the word “union” in them, leading the country for the number of places with such names.
4. Let Freedom Ding
The famed Liberty Bell has not been rung since 1846 out of fear that the delicate icon will crack. Instead, every year, to mark the Fourth of July, the 2,000-pound bell is tapped 13 times to signal for bells across the country to start ringing.