July 4th 1776 is not the day Congress declared independence or the day the American Revolution started. It’s not the day the Declaration was written or the day it was signed. It’s not even the day it was given to Britain. It’s simply the day the final draft of our American Declaration of Independence was approved. We have a holiday called Constitution Day, it’s on September 17th, the day the Constitution was signed. However, since the day the Declaration of Independence was approved and published was July the 4th, that is the day most people remember and the day that was made a national holiday… but not until more than 150 years later!
So Happy Independence Day my fellow Americans! I hope all your barbecued meats, jello molds, noodle salads and red, white and blue desserts turn out perfectly.
Here 5 fun facts about Independence Day…
- Around 150 MILLION hot dogs are eaten on Independence Day!
- The amount of chicken purchased the week before the Independence Day is about 700 MILLION pounds!
- Yankee Doodle was written and sung Brits who were making fun of the silly Yanks. We showed them by making it our own!
- The Declaration of Independence was signed by 56 men (and NO women!) from 13 colonies.
- In 1776, there were 2.5 million people living in the new nation. Today there are 311 million! That’s a lot of cake eaters!