It's that time of year again! The one where we gorge ourselves on watermelon, beer, corn-on-the-cob and barbecue. We all know the 'reason for the season' (no, not THAT season), but here are some other mind-bendingly interesting facts about the 4th of July and American consumption. Hooray for the red, white and blue!
1. The 4th of July was not declared a national holiday until 1941.
2. On the 4th of July, 1942, the U.S. air offensive against Nazi Germany began.
3. The number of Americans who will spend the holiday at other people's homes is approximately 41 million.
4. The first official 4th of July party was held at the White House in 1801.
5. Approximately 150 million hot dogs are consumed on this day (no word on how many are kosher).
6. Presidents John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe all died on the 4th.
7. The first Independence Day celebration took place in Philadelphia on July 8, 1776.
8. Only John Hancock actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. All the others signed later.
9. More than 74 million Americans are planning a BBQ for the 4th.
10. Americans spend $111 million on popsicles and charcoal for July 4th weekend.
11. Americans spend $203 million just on condiments for July 4th. Are you team mustard or ketchup?
12. Approximately 68.3 million cases of beer are sold for the 4th of July, which makes it the biggest holiday for beer sales.
13. Americans spend at least $600 million on fireworks nationwide for the 4th. Locally, you can buy them legally in Fillmore, CA.
14. The US imports about $3.6 million of American flags each year, most of them from China. Yay globalization?
15. The tune of the National Anthem was originally used by an English drinking song called To Anacreon in Heaven. L'chaim!
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