Fun Facts About the Fourth of July

We all know 4th of July to be the All-American day to spend with family and friends barbecuing and watching fireworks while celebrating the great country we live in.  Here are some fun facts you might not know about this great holiday. According to Business Insider, only two people actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4: John Hancock and Charles Thomson, Secretary of Congress. Most of the others signed on August 2nd, and not everyone was on board with celebrating on July 4, the day Congress approved the Declaration. John Adams wanted to celebrate on July 2nd, the day Congress voted for independence.

While we’ve been celebrating July 4 for hundreds of years now, it wasn’t deemed a federal holiday until 1870, nearly 100 years after the nation was founded. Finally, while you’re cooking out, have you ever wondered how much Americans eat on the 4th of July? Well, Americans consume around 155 million hot dogs on the Fourth of July each year. They also spend $92 million on chips, $167.5 million on watermelon, and $341.4 million on beer. However you’re celebrating today, Happy Fourth of July!