4 Things I Learned About the 4th of July

* The Declaration of Independence wasn’t signed on the 4th. It was voted in on July 2 (the day John Adams said we should commemorate the day), but most of those that signed it did so on August 2.

* The major method of celebrating the first 4th of July consisted in tearing down statues of King George. But the very next year, the new Americans starting setting off fireworks to celebrate their independence.

* The 4th of July wasn’t a federal holiday until the late 1870s – nearly 100 years after 1776.

* Hot dogs are truly the food of choice for Independence Day. Americans typically consume about 150 million of them on the 4th.