Did you know?
- The Fourth of July was not declared a national holiday until 1941.
- The only place the American Flag is never flown at half-mast is the moon.
- Workers who make firecrackers have to be sure to wear clothes entirely made of cotton or the static electricity could potentially set off the fireworks.
- On July 4th 1776 there were an estimated 2.5 million people living in the U.S. Our population has multiplied nearly 125 times over the course of 237 years!
- Americans celebrate Independence on July 4th which was the day the Declaration was adopted; America actually gained its independence from Great Britain July 2nd, 1776.
- The "Star Spangled Banner" was officially adopted as the national anthem in 1931 even though it had a long history of being played at military events.
- The most popular holidays for barbecuing in the U.S. are, in order, July 4th, Memorial Day, and Labor Day.