Unveiling the Hidden Gems of America’s Independence Day

At PrintyFly, we celebrate the American spirit, especially on the 4th of July. While most people know this day for its parades, fireworks, and cookouts, there are several fascinating facts about Independence Day that many might not be aware of. Join us as we explore some intriguing details about this quintessentially American holiday.

The Real Date of Independence

Most Americans commemorate Independence Day on July 4th, but did you know the Declaration of Independence was actually voted on July 2nd, 1776? John Adams, America’s second president, believed July 2nd would be the day to celebrate. However, the official adoption of the Declaration and its signing by John Hancock on July 4th made this date the one we celebrate.

Presidential Coincidences

Independence Day holds a unique place in presidential history. Three of the first five U.S. presidents passed away on July 4th. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, once political rivals, both died on July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the Declaration. James Monroe, the fifth president, died on July 4, 1831, marking another coincidental death on this historic day.

The Birth of a National Holiday

It wasn’t until nearly a century after the Declaration of Independence that July 4th became an official holiday. Boston was the first city to declare it a holiday. It was only in 1938 that Congress declared July 4th a federal holiday, giving Americans nationwide the day off to celebrate.

A Gift from France

One of the most iconic symbols of American freedom, the Statue of Liberty, was a gift from France. Presented on July 4, 1884, the statue was designed by Auguste Bartholdi and assembled on Bedloe’s Island, now known as Liberty Island. Standing 46 meters tall on a 47-meter pedestal, it remains a beacon of freedom and friendship between the two nations.

Independence Day Abroad

While July 4th is an American holiday, its celebrations are not confined to the U.S. Since 1912, Danish-Americans and U.S. military personnel have celebrated the day in Rebild, Denmark, honoring the shared history and values between the countries.

Monumental Undertakings

In 1930, sculptor Gutzon Borglum began carving the faces of four presidents into Mount Rushmore in South Dakota. The project immortalized George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt, symbolizing the birth, growth, development, and preservation of the nation.

The Colors of Independence

The American flag is a symbol of national pride, and its production is a significant industry. In 2010, the U.S. imported $3.2 million worth of American flags, mostly from China, while exporting $486,026 worth of flags, primarily to Mexico. The flag industry generates substantial revenue, underscoring its importance in American culture.

Fireworks: A Global Tradition

Fireworks are synonymous with July 4th celebrations, but their origins trace back to ancient China. Today, 90% of the fireworks used in the U.S. are imported from China, with Americans spending an estimated $190.7 million on these dazzling displays. The U.S. also exports fireworks, with Japan being the largest importer.

Patriotic Names Across America

Across the U.S., many cities bear names reflecting patriotic sentiments. There are 31 cities named “Liberty,” the most populous being Liberty, Missouri. Other common names include “Eagle” (35 cities), “Independence” (11 cities), “Freedom” (9 cities), “Patriot” (1 city), and “American” (5 cities).

The Great American Cookout

Independence Day is synonymous with outdoor cookouts. In 2011, around 81 million Americans attended barbecues, with 64% celebrating with outdoor parties, picnics, and grilling. Popular items include hamburgers, hot dogs, watermelon, and ice cream. On this day, Americans consume approximately 150 million hot dogs, enough to stretch five times from Washington D.C. to Los Angeles.

At PrintyFly, we love the 4th of July not just for the festivities but for the deep-rooted history and traditions that bring Americans together. As you gather with loved ones to celebrate this special day, we hope you enjoy a fun-filled, safe, and memorable Independence Day. Happy 4th of July from all of us at PrintyFly!