This 4th of July, America will be celebrating its 237th year as an independent nation. On July 4, 1776, what was then known as the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence. This set the path for the 13 colonies to become a sovereign nation.
Nowadays the 4th of July, otherwise known as Independence Day, is marked by celebrations across the nation. The US sells more fireworks around Independence Day than any other holiday throughout the year.
Some Fun Facts about the 4th of July
- the population in July 1776 of the newly formed independent nation was 2.5 million
- the estimated population on this Fourth of July will be 316.2 million
- there were 56 signers to the Declaration of Independence
- the oldest signer, at age 70, was Benjamin Franklin (who represented Pennsylvania)
- there were two future presidents that signed the Declaration of Independence (John Adams, the second President and Thomas Jefferson, the third President)
Party Planning and Events Go Hand-In-Hand with the 4th of July
For many, the Fourth of July is a time to get together and host an event with family and friends. There will be many back yard parties with lots of fireworks. The bulk of fireworks in the US are imported from China. It’s estimated that in 2012, the value of fireworks imported from China was $218.2 million.
For a list of activities in your area, check out this list provided by USA.gov.