July 4th facts
1. Representatives of the 13 colonies, called the Second Continental Congress, actually voted on July 2, 1776, in Philadelphia to declare independence.
2. The 4th of July was not declared a national holiday until 1941.
3. The number of Americans who will spend the holiday at other people’s homes is approximately 41 million.
4. Approximately 150 million hot dogs are consumed on this day (no word on how many are kosher).
5. The first Independence Day celebration took place in Philadelphia on July 8, 1776.
6. More than 74 million Americans are planning a BBQ for the 4th.
7. Approximately 68.3 million cases of beer are sold for the 4th of July, which makes it the biggest holiday for beer sales.
8. Americans spend at least $600 million on fireworks nationwide for the 4th.
9. The US imports about $3.6 million of American flags each year, most of them from China.
10 . The tune of the National Anthem was originally used by an English drinking song called To Anacreon in Heaven.
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