Fun Facts about Independence Day

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When Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, he left the names of the two nations blank so that, if the American Revolution fizzled out, he could sell the document to Ireland.

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A big part of celebrating how independent we are is buying hundreds of millions of dollars worth of fireworks from China.

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Only two of our founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence on July fourth.  The reason we celebrate on the fourth of July is because of the fact that it also falls on Independence Day.

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Independence Day was not a paid federal holiday until 1938, after our government was entirely sure that the British weren’t going to come over here and force us back into the U.K..

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Three presidents have died on the fourth of July: Two from illness and one after grabbing a fireworks mortar and telling someone nearby to “hold my beer”…

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The British celebrated our independence in 1814 by burning down the White House.

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On the Fourth, Americans eat around 150 million hot dogs. To give you an idea how much that is, if you were to start dumping that many hot dogs into the Grand Canyon, at the rate of a hundred every second, someone would try to stop you pretty quickly.

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New Englanders have a tradition, besides cheating at football, of eating salmon and peas on the Fourth of July. Historians agree that you shouldn’t dump those into the Grand Canyon, either.

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The Liberty Bell cracked because it wasn’t cast properly, foreshadowing American workmanship in the twenty-first century.

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Our Founding fathers celebrated Independence Day with fireworks because, it was their opinion that ten fingers was too much for any man…

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24 thoughts on “Fun Facts about Independence Day

  1. My comments wouldn’t go through yesterday – hopefully this one does. Laughed a lot at “Two from illness and one after grabbing a fireworks mortar and telling someone nearby to “hold my beer”…” and “The Liberty Bell cracked because it wasn’t cast properly, foreshadowing American workmanship in the twenty-first century.” Fun read 🙂

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      1. So, you remember Freddy the Freeloader and the crows? I was a kid, too… I only remember not getting most of the jokes and my dad laughing a lot. Same with the Dean Martin Show…

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      2. Oops, I’m showing my age, and yours, which is slightly younger, I suspect. Yes, I remember Freddie the Freeloader. I also remember a few jokes that would be extremely politically incorrect these days. I remember when a brand new rock ‘n’ roll group called the Rolling Stones were his guests. When introducing them, he said they were going to go far, and added, “Wait’ll you see them. They make the Beatles look like they’ve got crew cuts.” Weird what one remembers … and forgets.

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