Happy Independence Day from Anderson Shumaker! Today, Americans come together to celebrate our history and heritage. It’s a fantastic time for a barbecue, a fireworks show, or a fun getaway weekend. In observance of the holiday, Anderson Shumaker is closed July 4th and 5th.
Here are a few fun facts to help you celebrate Independence Day. Did you know…?
- July 4th was not a federal holiday until 1938, even though Americans have been celebrating it since 1777 and the first official White House July 4th party was in 1804.
- According to the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council, Americans eat about 150 million hot dogs on July 4th alone. That’s enough to form a line of buns from Washington D.C. to Los Angeles… more than five times!
- Speaking of hot dogs, Anderson Shumaker’s home city is known for its famous Chicago Style Dog. This dog was pioneered in 1893 by Chicago’s own Vienna Beef for the Columbia Exposition World’s Fair. The Chicago style dog’s official ingredients: yellow mustard, chopped white onion, bright green sweet pickle relish, tomato wedges, pickled sport peppers, a dill pickle spear, celery salt, and ABSOLUTELY NO KETCHUP!
- Americans seem to love fireworks as much as hot dogs. According to the American Pyrotechnics Association, Americans spent roughly $1 billion dollars in 2018 on 268 million pounds of fireworks. That is enough for every American adult and child to have 1 pound of fireworks each!
- On July 4th, 1776, only one person – John Hancock – had actually signed the Declaration of Independence. The other 55 signatures (56 total from 13 colonies) came in the following days. Two of these signers – John Adams and Thomas Jefferson – would later be elected as United States Presidents.
- The American flag has been redesigned 27 times since 1777. The flag consists of 13 horizontal stripes (alternating red and white), which represent the original 13 colonies. There are 50 white stars on a blue field to represent the 50 states of the union. The flag’s blue represents perseverance, justice, and vigilance; white is for innocence and purity; and red is for valor and hardiness.
- America’s national bird was almost the turkey instead of the bald eagle. Benjamin Franklin made the suggestion, but was overruled by his peers.
- Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell is symbolically “rung” (tapped) 13 times each July 4th to honor the courage and sacrifice of America’s original 13 colonies.
- Lastly, Americans aren’t the only ones who celebrate July 4th. Countries including Norway, Denmark, Portugal, Sweden, and Ireland celebrate this American holiday to attract American tourists.
However you choose to celebrate, we wish you explosive excitement and a little sparkle on this Independence Day.
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