In honor of America’s birthday, IonLoop is
excited to celebrate and share some fun and lesser known facts about America’s favorite
July 2nd is Actually the Day
America Declared Independence
Despite what our current Independence Day
represents, delegates actually declared freedom from British rule on July 2nd;
however, the Declaration of Independence was officially approved on the 4th,
which is why we celebrate the 4th of July… and not the 2nd.
Bristol, Rhode Island Hosted the
Inaugural 4th of July Parade
Fourth of July parades are extremely popular
now, but have you ever wondered where they originated? Bristol, Rhode Island
hosted the first 4th of July parade in 1785 and since then, it has expanded
into more than just a parade. We now consider it an annual celebration starting
on Flag Day, June 14 that lasts until the 4th of July.
In 1801 the White House Hosted
its First 4th of July Party
Thomas Jefferson hosted our country’s first
ever 4th of July party at the White House in 1801. Presidential administrations
now celebrate the Fourth of July at the National Mall with fireworks and a
Not So Fun Fact: 3 US
Presidents Died on the 4th of July
Thomas Jefferson (1826), James Monroe (1826),
and John Adams (1831) all passed away on Independence Day. In light of their
efforts to champion the creation of the United States, that's kinda crazy,
Americans Consume 150 Million
Hotdogs on the 4th of July
We all recognize hotdogs as a signature
barbecue or summer party food, but who knew Americans could eat so many on one
single day?! Woof!
American Spent More than $1 Billion on
Fireworks Every Year
Firework shows are the most iconic image
associated with the 4th of July, but one billion dollars is A LOT of money.
This fact shocked us!
Independence Day Wasn’t an
Official Holiday Until Almost 100 Years After the Declaration of Independence
The 4th of July wasn’t celebrated right away.
In fact, it took almost 100 years for the date to take root as an official holiday in 1870.
The Star-Spangled Banner Wasn’t
Our National Anthem Until 1929
It’s hard to believe that a song as well known
and popular as the Star-Spangled Banner didn’t always have that kind of
recognition. It wasn’t until April 15, 1929 that President
Herbert Hoover signed a bill into law that identified the song as our national
Get Into the USA Spirit With
We hope everyone has a happy holiday full of
fireworks, hotdogs, and lots of fun with friends and family. And if you’re
looking for a little red, white, and blue to wear, make sure to check out IonLoop’s
USA Spirit bracelets so you can look just as festive as you feel!