Fourth of July Fun Facts

Fireworks at night by Nicolas Tissot on Unsplash

We hope you have a safe and happy GREAT American day!

  • In one year, $600 million is spent on fireworks alone in the U.S.
  • There are more than 14,000 firework displays across the country on Fourth of July.
  • Independence Day was first celebrated in Philadelphia on July 8, 1776.
  • Benjamin Franklin proposed the turkey as the national bird, but John Adams and Thomas Jefferson overruled him, and recommended the bald eagle.
  • Americans consume around 155 million hot dogs on the Fourth of July each year. They also spend $92 million on chips and $167.5 million on watermelon.
  • 44 percent of Americans will watch fireworks or go to a community celebration.
  • The colors of the fireworks are dependent on the chemicals used. Copper produces blue sparks, while a mix of salts and other substances make red. Sodium burns yellow and barium creates a green glow.
  • U.S. Congress made the Fourth of July a legal federal holiday in 1870.
  • New York City has the biggest firework display in the U.S.



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