Fourth of July Trivia

Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Independence Day Holiday

National Holiday?    Americans began observing the date on July 4th, 1777, with a parade and other festivities in Philadelphia. However, it wasn’t an official U.S. holiday until it was passed as part of a bill in 1870 and became as nationally recognized along with other dates, such as Christmas and New Year’s. It didn’t become a paid legal holiday until 1938, when a bill was passed to grant holiday leave to employees of the federal government.

Everyone LOVES a good hotdog  That’s right. Americans manage to consume +150 million hot dogs on July 4th alone! More hot dogs are eaten in the month of July than at any other time of the year.  If you put all the hot dogs consumed on the 4th of July end to end, they would stretch from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. more than five times!

Beware of the sparkler?  Those innocent looking sparklers can actually reach temperatures of up to 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit, and are the TOP cause of injury in firework related incidents.  1,400 people are victim to hand injuries caused by fireworks every year.  Over $600 million dollars will be spent on fireworks for July 4th.

What is the true date for US Independence?   The vote for the Declaration of Independence was actually taken on July 2nd, 1776. The only reason it is celebrated on the 4th is because it wasn’t published in the newspapers until two days later.  Furthermore, it could even be argued that even the 4th isn’t the real date, cause not all of the 56 signers had put their own John Hancock (signatures) to paper until nearly a month later.

Nicolas Cage Was Right?  There IS something written on the back on the Declaration of Independence. No hidden treasure map, but it does read ‘Original Declaration of Independence dated 4th July 1776.’ No one knows who wrote it, but it is thought to have been written as a label for when the document was in transportation.

The Song “God Bless America” Nearly Didn’t Exist  The iconic song played at many a July 4th celebration very nearly didn’t make it into American history. Composer Irving Berlin didn’t think it was good enough for the public, so he kept it stored away for years. It was only pulled out of storage because the public needed a song to rally behind at the outbreak of WWII and the rise of Adolf Hitler.     http://www.ranker.com/list/things-you-didnt-know-about-4th-of-july/ellie1?format=SLIDESHOW&page=1

 

When was the Declaration of Independence signed?  Does more than one copy exist?  Check out 9 surprising facts about the Declaration of Independence HERE…   http://www.history.com/news/9-things-you-may-not-know-about-the-declaration-of-independence

 

 

 

 

Verne Hill

Verne Hill

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I enjoy many things: Music. Family movie nights. My American flag flapping in the wind. Sunsets at the beach. Snow days. The Sweet Tea Party. Salvation through Grace… VERSE: “Let everything that has breath praise the LORD” Psalm 150 QUOTE: “A person who loves his job, will never work a day in his life.” MON-SAT 6A-10A (& Sunday@5 host) verne@wbfj.fm