Happy 4th of July!

4th of July is often a day filled with family, friends, fireworks, and food. We hope that this year your 4th of July is a fun one and that you are safe as well. For the blog this week, I tracked down some fun facts that you may or may not know about this day in our nation’s history:

  1. Thomas Jefferson is credited for writing most of the Declaration of Independence. Although five men were involved in the editing of the document, it was penned primarily by Jefferson.
  2. Jefferson used a “laptop” to write the Declaration of Independence. Of course this not the type of laptop we know, but it was a portable writing desk that sat on Jefferson’s lap as he wrote.
  3. There were multiple copies of the Declaration of Independence. John Dunlap, a Philadelphia printer made 200 or so copies of the Declaration for distribution. Only 26 copies are known to have survived.
  4. John Adams was ticked off that the celebrations happened on July 4th. So technically independence was voted on and passed July 2nd by Congress; but it was July 4th in which the Declaration was formally adopted.
  5. Both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died on July 4th. In fact they died within five hours of each other in the same year!
  6. July 4th is currently known as being the biggest hot dog holiday. In 2013 it was estimated that over 150 million hot dogs would be consumed on the fourth.
  7. Back in the day, Americans ate turtle soup to celebrate. Turtle was a summertime delicacy; later on it was replaced by roasted pig which most likely gave way to the BBQ tradition we know today.
  8. July 4th is seen as a day of celebration for other countries, as well, including Rwanda and the Philippines.

*** List taken from a Bustle article about historical facts of the Fourth of July in 2016. You can read the original article here. ***