1. On July 4th, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress. The 13 colonies began a journey to become a sovereign nation.
In July 1776, the estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation was 2.5 million.
Source: Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970
The nation’s estimated population on this July Fourth-311.7 million
Source: Population clock
The value of fireworks imported from China in 2010 was $190.7 million. This represents the bulk of all U.S. fireworks imported ($197.3 million). U.S. exports of fireworks, by comparison, came to just $37.0 million in 2010, with Japan purchasing more than any other country ($6.3 million).
Source: Foreign Trade Statistics
Patriotic-Sounding Place Names
Thirty-one places have “liberty” in their names. The most populous one as of April 1, 2010, is Liberty, Mo. (29,149) Iowa, with four, has more of these places than any other state: Libertyville, New Liberty, North Liberty and West Liberty.
Thirty-five places have “eagle” in their names. The most populous one is Eagle Pass, Texas (26,248).
Eleven places have “independence” in their names. The most populous one is Independence, Mo. (116,830).
Nine places have “freedom” in their names. The most populous one is New Freedom, Pa. (4,464).
One place with “patriot” in the name. Patriot, Ind. (209).
Five places have “America” in their names. The most populous is American Fork, Utah (26,263).
Source: American FactFinder
Early Presidential Last Names
Ranking of the frequency of the surname of our first president, George Washington, among all last names tabulated in the 2000 Census. Other early presidential names that appear on the list, along with their ranking, were Adams (39), Jefferson (594), Madison (1,209) and Monroe (567).
Source: Census 2000 Genealogy
Dollar value of trade last year between the United States and the United Kingdom was $98.3 billion, making the British, our adversary in 1776, our sixth-leading trading partner today.
Source: Foreign Trade Statistics
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The chance that the hot dogs and pork sausages consumed on the Fourth of July originated in Iowa. The Hawkeye State was home to 19.0 million hogs and pigs on March 1, 2011. This estimate represents more than one-fourth of the nation’s estimated total. North Carolina (8.6 million) and Minnesota (7.6 million) were also homes to large numbers of pigs.
Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service
Number of Americans who said they have taken part in a barbecue during the previous year is 81 million. It’s probably safe to assume a lot of these events took place on Independence Day.
Source: Mediamark Research & Intelligence, as cited in the Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2011
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10. Francis Scott Key wrote the words to the Star Spangled Banner as a poem in 1814, in the last year of the War of 1812.
11. The Fourth of July became a legal holiday in 1941.
Most of the Delegates signed the Declaration of Independence on July 2, 1776, It was adopted two days later- July 4th.
The 54 signatures on the Declaration of Independence include:
(Thomas) Heyward Jr
Francis Lightfoot Lee
Richard Henry Lee
(Thomas) Lynch Jr
(Thomas) Nelson Jr
(Robert Treat) Paine
Last year, competitive eater Joey Chestnut ate 54 hotdogs (5.4/min) to win the annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest
In 2009 Joey ate a record 68 hotdogs in the same contest, setting a record. Did I mention, he ate the hot dogs with buns?
Joey is 6 feet tall and weighs 218-pounds. By day he is an engineering student. He is currently ranked first in the world by the International Federation of Competitive Eating