This Fourth of July, when the kids are daydreaming about hamburgers and fireworks, take a few minutes to share with them some of these fun facts about this special holiday!
Fun Facts about the Fourth of July:
The Fourth of July was first celebrated on July 8, 1776 after the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. (www.internetfamilyfun.com/holidays/fourthofjuly/4thjulyfacts.htm)
The thirteen original colonies were: Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts Bay, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Virginia. (www.answers.com/topic/thirteen–colonies)
John Hancock, the President of the Continental Congress, was the first to sign the Declaration of Independence.(www.johnhancock.org/)
The only President born on July 4th is Calvin Coolidge, who was born in Plymouth, Vermont in 1872. However, three presidents have died on July 4: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826 and James Monroe died on July 4, 1831. (http://www.factmonster.com/spot/july41776.html)
In July of 1776, approximately 2.5 million people lived in this newly independent nation. This Fourth of July, the population of America is estimated to be about 302 million. (http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/010033.html
The words “under God” weren’t added to the Pledge of Allegiance until 1954. (http://www.readerland.com/html/pledge_of_allegiance.htm)
Uncle Sam was first popularized during the War of 1812, when the term appeared on supply containers. Believe it or not, the U. S. Congress didn’t adopt him as a national symbol until 1961.(http://www.vanhornadvocate.com/)
Eleven places in the United States have “independence” in their name. The most populous of these is Independence, Missouri with 110,208 residents. (http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/010033.html
The Liberty Bell is about 2,000 pounds and cost $225 to make.(www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/local/articles/0701fireworks0702.html)
The National Retail Federation says about 61 percent of people plan to attend a cookout or picnic on the Fourth.(www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/local/articles/0701fireworks0702.html)
About 150 million hotdogs are expected to be consumed by Americans on this holiday (That’s 1 frankfurter for every two people). (http://www.factmonster.com/spot/july41776.html)
Fun Fourth of July Activities:
- Have a picnic/cook out
- Watch your local Fourth of July parade
- Let the kids have their own Fourth of July parade by decorating bicycles and other ride-on toys with streamers and balloons.
- Go to a nearby fireworks display
- Play with sparklers
And even when the holiday is over, Little Tikes is keeping the fun alive with our Top Ten Fourth of July Sale! Starting Tuesday, July, 3rd through Monday, July 9th, special offers will be available on our top ten products!!