You’re probably looking forward to the upcoming 4th of July holiday; after all, what’s not to love? Barbecuing, fireworks, fun with family and friends, no work….

But how much do you really know about the holiday?

Here are 10 things you may not know about the 4th of July:

1.     Americans will eat more hot dogs on July 4th than any other day of the year.

2.     July 4th was made an unofficial national holiday in 1870, but it wasn’t until 1941 that Congress declared it an official federal holiday.

3.     We’re technically celebrating the adoption and not the signing of the Declaration of Independence on the 4th of July, since it wasn’t actually signed by everyone until August.

4.     In New England, it’s tradition to eat salmon on the 4th.

5.     The oldest July 4th celebration in the US is held in Bristol, Rhode Island.

6.     There will be around 15,000 fireworks displays this year on and around the 4th of July.

7.     Three different presidents have died on July 4th. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both died on July 4, 1826, and James Monroe died on July 4, 1831.

8.     Only 1 president has been born on the 4th of July – Calvin Coolidge in 1872.

9.     There were only 2.5 million US residents at the time of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. There are currently more than 325 million.

10.  The current flag design was created in 1960.

A not-so-fun fact about the 4th of July is that more dogs are lost this day than any other day of the year. So keep your furbabies inside where they’re safe and less likely to be scared.


All of us here at Simply Stated Interiors wish you and your family a safe and fun 4th of July!