Happy 4th of July!
Independence Day is one of our favorite holidays here at RB Insurance Group. Celebrating our great country with family, friends, a smorgasbord of barbecued food, and fireworks- what more could you ask for? In honor of the holiday weekend, we rounded up a collection of five things you probably didn’t know about the 4th of July.
- Although it had been celebrated prior, the 4th of July did not become a federally recognized national holiday until 1870, nearly a hundred years after the Declaration of Independence was written. It became a paid holiday for federal employees in 1938. Source
- A crazy coincidence: both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died on July 4th, 1826, exactly 50 years after the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. Source
- Many of the key participants in the American Revolution were quite young in 1776. You would never know it based on the impressions we’re given by popular works of art, but despite the powdered white hair and mature features, Thomas Jefferson was 33, James Madison was 25, and James Monroe was only 18 years old! Source
- In 1776, approximately 2.5 million people were living in the United States. As of 2014, the U.S. Census estimates that number has grown to over 318.9 million people. Source
- Hot Diggety Dog, July is National Hot Dog Month! According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council (yes, that’s really a thing!), July 4th is the largest hotdog holiday of the year. In just one single day, Americans typically consume over 150 million hotdogs. That’s enough to stretch from Washington DC to Los Angeles more than FIVE TIMES! Source
Happy 4th of July, now go forth and impress your friends and family with your expert knowledge of 4th of July trivia… while enjoying a hot dog, of course!
Once you’re done celebrating…
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