Happy Independence Day to all the entrepreneurs out there! As you probably already know (but for those of you who don’t) I am Drew Berman coming at you with some fun facts on this day to celebrate the innovation of our nation’s independence.
Now for those of you who checked out my last blog post on Memorial Day then you are well aware that I like to be a little bit different. Instead of giving you the basic factual information on national holiday’s I like to give you some fun facts that you may not have heard about but that are just as true as what you would learn in a high school history course.
But just to be a little fair and to incorporate some of those history lessons, I will give a little background on Independence Day before getting to the good stuff.
In 1776, the Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia in order to adopt the final draft of the Declaration of Independence, proclaiming our broken ties with Great Britain. Many consider this day to be the “birthday” of the United States and is celebrated every year with fireworks, gathering events, barbecues, and so on.
Now enough of the clichè history lesson and on to the more interesting stuff:
Did you know that President Calvin Coolidge was born on Independence Day?
Indeed he was! Ironically enough if you Google Coolidge his date of birth is July 4, 1872! This is one of the more positive fun facts. Unfortunately, I have to give you some creep-i-ly interesting ones as well.
Okay, so you know how I said Coolidge was born on Independence Day? Well turns out three of our past presidents died on Independence Day. Two of them within hours of each other.
James Monroe died on July 4, 1831 while Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died one after the other on July 4, 1826. Insert chills here.
Let’s get back to the bright and cheery fun facts shall we? It’s not all that surprising to note that Independence Day is the one day a year where the most hot dogs and fireworks are bought.
There is actually a running total that is kept in the U.S. of how many hot dogs are allegedly consumed on the Fourth of July. That total is somewhere around 155 million or more. As far as fireworks go the Fourth of July is also the second largest day (next to New Year’s Eve) of firework purchases.
Did you know that originally Congress did not want Independence Day to be a paid time off holiday?
In the 1800’s Congress originally decreed that Independence Day was not to be a paid time off holiday. Eventually, in the 1900’s this notion was overturned and the holiday became a day of paid time off.
So I’m sure you remember from the various lessons in middle school and high school history classes, seeing the image of the liberty bell with the large crack down the side of it right? Well as it turn out that break holds some history when it comes to the Fourth of July.
When the holiday was first established the Liberty Bell was rung as a celebratory event. At some point the bell cracked. To avoid causing it to crack any further, the ringing of the bell was stopped. Instead of ringing it, every year since then the bell is symbolically tapped 13 times to represent the original 13 colonies.
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