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The Grand History and Traditions of the Fourth of July

June 27, 2021

Bet You Didn’t Know is all about exploring the holidays we celebrate and why we observe them, along with uncovering gift-related facts that will leave you surprised! We dive deep into the occasions we honor to leave you with interesting knowledge you won’t find anywhere else. 

Every July 4, the United States of America celebrates its freedom and the defeat of the British. To mark the occasion, friends, and family consume grilled meats aplenty, take trips to the beach, and watch fireworks.

Nowadays, the Fourth of July — and its reason to celebrate — may have taken on a new meaning.

This year, the 245th birthday of this nation, over 330 million people can celebrate their own independence after a year that pulled us away from loved ones. Get outside! Watch some glorious fireworks shows, eat a bunch of hot dogs! Host a spectacular party with the finest meats in all the land! Regardless of what you do, here are some fun facts and stories to help you better understand and appreciate the Fourth of July.

A foreshadowing Founding Father

These grand Fourth of July revelries were foretold by Founding Father John Adams. On July 2, 1776, the future president wrote to his wife Abigail: “I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival…It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other, from this Time forward forever more.”

Independence month

2 Dollar - Declaration of Independence

Though the Declaration of Independence, initially drafted by Thomas Jefferson, was revised and adopted by Congress on July 4, it isn’t wrong to consider the entire month of July to be America’s birthday. It was actually on July 2 that America’s colonial delegates, after learning British ships had arrived at New York’s harbor, agreed to declare independence from Britain. Secession from English rule had been discussed in the halls of Congress for weeks, but the arrival of warships forced a decision, as George Washington’s Continental army suddenly found itself within striking distance of King George III’s navy.

Still, America wasn’t formally born until month’s end. After final approval of the Declaration of Independence, it took over two weeks for the document to be written perfectly on parchment paper, in a process called “engrossing,” only after which delegates could actually put pen to paper. The actual signing of the famous document took place on Aug. 2.

Gargantuan amounts of grub and grog

hot dogs

Freedom is never free. and every year, according to 2019 report by WalletHub, our nation’s July 4 grocery bill approaches $7 billion, almost $804 million of which goes toward beef for burgers and steaks. Roughly $370 million is spent on chicken for sandwiches and salads, and, for fans of frankfurters, well over 150 million hot dogs will hit the grill across the nation.

The Fourth of July also happens to be America’s number-one beer-drinking holiday, with over $1 billion in brew typically purchased. Wine is another popular drink, with about $570 million sold on the day.

Fireworks by the boatload

Though fireworks were first launched in Liuyang, China, around 200 B.C., for most Americans, the bangs, booms, and flashes of sky mortars and colored fountains will always be associated with the Fourth of July. From major corporate buyers and sports teams down to individual citizens, America collectively spends more than $1 billion on fireworks every Fourth of July. Two-thirds of all Americans say attending a fireworks show is their favorite Fourth of July activity, according to recent polls. The runner-ups? Eating and going to the beach.

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