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Fourth of July Facts

On the birthday of our nation’s independence, we thought we’d share some fun facts about the Fourth of July!

  • Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national animal but was outvoted when John Adams and Thomas Jefferson chose the bald eagle.
  • The first Fourth of July party held at the White House was in 1801.
  • The words “under God” were not added to the Pledge of Allegiance until the year 1954.
  • The Fourth of July was not declared a national holiday until 1941.
  • An estimated $211 million has been spent importing fireworks to the U.S. from China.
  • The Fourth of July ranks as the deadliest holiday of the year.  We wonder if that has anything to do with above fact.  
  • 56 men signed the Declaration including two future presidents, three vice presidents, and ten members of the United States Congress.
God Bless America!