8 Fun Facts About Independence Day

fireworks-1758_960_720Solute to the Union

On Independence Day, a salute of one gun for each of the 50 states in the U.S. is fired at noon by military personnel in various bases throughout the country. Known as a “salute to the union,” it’s become a popular traditional for this nationally recognized holiday.

The Declaration of Independence wasn’t Signed on the Fourth

It’s a common assumption that Independence Day celebrates the anniversary on which our country’s founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence. But the Declaration was not signed on July 4, 1776 like many Americans believe. Rather, it was signed on July 2, 1776. Nonetheless, July fourth has become the holiday for celebrating this monumental milestone in our country’s history.

New York City’s Massive Firework Display

Many cities throughout the country host spectacular fireworks displays on Independence Day. Among the most notable cities is New York City. In 2009, the Big Apple had the largest fireworks display every, igniting more than 22 tons of pyrotechnics.

Millions of Hot Dogs Consumed

Hot dogs are the preferred food among millions of Americans on Independence Day. According to the National Sausage and Hot Dog Council (NHDSC), Americans consume roughly 150 million hot dogs on this holiday.

Independence Day is Patriotic

There’s no better time than Independence Day to show your support for the America. Millions of individuals and families fly the American flag while also sporting red, white and blue colors.

Concert on the Capital Lawn

On July fourth each year, a free concert is held that precedes a fireworks display. Known as A Capital Fourth, this concert is broadcasted by PBS, NPR and the American Forces Network. Each year, it attracts more than 500,000 people who come to marvel at the concert and its following fireworks display.

The Declaration was Changed from “Pursuit of Property”

In the original Declaration of Independence, it stated that everyone had the right to pursuit of property. Thomas Jefferson later changed the wording, however, to the “pursuit of happiness.”

Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest

But it’s not just families who consume hot dogs on Independence Day; there are professional eaters who compete to see who can down the most dogs. Sanctioned by the International Federation of Competitive Eating (IFCE), Nation’s Hot Dog Eating Contest is held annually on July fourth. It features around 20 professional eaters who consume hot dogs in a 10-minute period. The contest who consumes the most is declared the winner.

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