Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Happy Birthday, America!

Here's some Fourth of July facts from Uncle John's Bathroom Reader.

  • Congress actually voted for American independence on July 2, 1776, but the documents weren't printed until two days later. The printer recorded July 4 as the "official" date of independence, and Americans have celebrated it on that day ever since.
  • Although the Independence Day barbecue has become a symbol of the holiday, only about 25 percent of Americans actually attend one.
  • More than 14,000 different fireworks displays -- using 238 million pounds of pyrotechnics -- occur every July 4.
  • The original title of "The Star Spangled Banner" was "The Defense of Fort McHenry."

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