8 Fun Facts You May Not Know About Independence Day

8 Fun Facts You May Not Know About Independence Day

“It’s Fourth of July weekend, or, as I call it, Exploding Christmas.” — Stephen Colbert

What better way to celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence than with barbecue, fireworks and s’mores? We hope these 8 fun facts about Independence Day will get you in the celebratory spirit.

1. Several countries have used the Declaration of Independence as a beacon and model in their own struggles for freedom. These countries include France, Greece, Poland, Russia, and many countries in South America.

2. The stars on the original American flag were depicted in a circle, so all the Colonies would appear equal.

3. Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence on a “laptop,” which was a writing desk that could fit on one’s lap.

4. Beer may be the go-to Independence Day beverage today, but if you really want to salute our Founding Fathers, you’ll make a rum-based cocktail. That’s because on July 4, 1778, George Washington ordered a double ration of rum for his soldiers to celebrate the holiday.

5. During the summer of 1776, some colonists celebrated the birth of independence by holding mock funerals for King George III. These morbid “celebrations” symbolized the end of the monarchy’s hold on America and the triumph of liberty.

6. According to the American Pyrotechnics Association, around 15,000 fireworks displays will take place for the Fourth of July holiday (even if some aren’t exactly on July 4). Though pricing varies, most small towns spend anywhere from $8000-$15,000 for a fireworks display, with larger cities going into the millions, like the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular at around $2.5 million.

7. Due to concerns about cracking the iconic instrument, the Liberty Bell has not been rung since 1846. 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.

8. An estimated 150 million hot dogs will be consumed on July 4th!

Info gathered with a little help from List 25, Cleveland.com, Business Insider, History.com, Mental Floss, and World Lifestyle.

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