Fourth of July Fun Facts
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.