Independence Day

 

The Fourth of July celebrates our country’s birthday, and that’s a birthday that deserves more than one day of celebration. If you’re like us, you’re not quite ready to ditch the hot dogs and American flag t-shirts just yet. To keep your patriotic party going, here are 10 facts you probably didn’t know about Independence Day:

 

150 million

 

Number of hot dogs eaten on the Fourth of July. According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, that’s enough hot dogs to make a line from Washington, D.C., to Los Angeles more than five times.

 

44 percent

 

Share of Americans who attended the 16,000 various fireworks displays held on the Fourth of July.

 

65 percent

 

Percentage of Americans who own an American flag.

 

$42 million

 

Spent on bbq sauce.

 

$1 billion +

 

Estimated amount spent on beer for the Fourth of July in 2016.

 

56

 

The number of signees who signed the Declaration of Independence.

 

 

13

The number of Declaration of Independence signers who were 35 or younger. 7 of the signers were 60 or older.

 

2

The number of people who actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th: John Hancock and Charles Thomson, secretary of Congress. Most of the others signed on August 2.

 

x2

On July 4, 1778 George Washington ordered double the ration of rum for his soldiers to celebrate Independence Day.

 

7

The number of Declaration of Independence signers who were educated at Harvard.

 

3

Three U.S. Presidents died on July 4th: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe.