5 Things You Didn't Know About Independence Day

It's July 4th, and as any red-blooded American knows, that means it's time to celebrate our nation's independence. While most of you will do that with fireworks and cookouts, we'll be here doing it the only way we know how: with some trivia...


How Many U.S. Presidents Have Died on Independence Day? # We've only had 44 U.S. Presidents,  (that's because Grover Cleveland served two nonconsecutive terms) so it seems unlikely that one of them would die on the day the nation's independence is celebrated, right? Two seems almost impossible to believe. Well, the odds are apparently stacked against our country's highest office, because not one, not two, but three - count them, three - United States Presidents have died on July 4th. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both died on the 50th anniversary of the day, and James Monroe died five years later, in 1831. One President was born on Independence Day: Calvin Coolidge.

How Many Hot Dogs do Americans Eat Every July 4? According to Forbes, 155 million hot dogs get eaten each year on July 4. Additionally, Americans will spend $152.3 million on chips and dip, $193.6 million on burgers and over half a billion on all the fixings. But the biggest revenue driver of all? Beer, of course. Americans will spend $341.4 million on beer, more than the cost of burgers and hot dogs combined.


Modern American Fireworks Are Likely From China. That's right—chances are you're celebrating the American 4th of July by watching Chinese-made fireworks explode. Your U.S. flag might also be made in China; American-made flags tend to sell in Mexico instead.

A Lack of Fireworks Led to Miners Destroying a Post Office. If you think your neighbors setting off illegal fireworks is bad, be thankful you didn't live in Swan, Colorado, in 1884. The town's mining company decided it wasn't going to give its miners fireworks for their 4th of July celebration, so they decided to create a few explosions using dynamite. Unfortunately, it wasn't in the form of a celebration—they were protesting, and they deliberately blew up the post office in Swan to express their anger at the no-fireworks policy.

True or False? The Declaration of Independence was Written on a Laptop? # Revisions on the declaration would certainly have been easier if Jefferson had used a modern laptop. Obvious answer, right? Wrong! The Declaration of Independence actually was drafted on a laptop by Thomas Jefferson - but not the kind we're used to. He used a writing desk that fit on your lap and was aptly named - a laptop.

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