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Have a Safe and Happy Fourth!

By July 2, 2019 Current News

© Carol Highsmith

ASMP would like wish everyone a safe and happy Fourth!

Whether you are in work or play mode during this holiday weekend, we hope you will be able to find some time to enjoy events and activities with family and friends or catch that elusive image!

We came across the historical and fun facts about July 4th below that we thought would be fun to share with others (or to quiz others, for those of you who are the competitive type) during the holiday.

  • There were 56 signers to the Declaration of Independence.
  • John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress, was the first signer.
  • At 70 years of age, Benjamin Franklin was the oldest signer, and Edward Rutledge at 26 years of age, was the youngest signer.
  • In July 1776, the estimated number of people living in the United States was 2.5 million. In July 2019, the estimated number of people living in the United States is 329.1 million. 

July 2, 1776

The Fourth of July commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. It was initially adopted by Congress on July 2, 1776, but was revised and the final version was adopted two days later. America’s second president, John Adams, believed that July 2nd should have been celebrated as Independence Day instead of July 4th.

July 4, 1801

The first official Fourth of July party was held at the White House.

July 4, 1826

John Adams, the second president, and Thomas Jefferson, the third president, died hours apart on the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

July 4, 1870

Year that Congress made the 4th of July an official holiday.

See more historical facts about the day at the Library of Congress Digital Collections’ Today in History – July 4th.

Fun Fourth Facts:

  • Firework colors depend upon the metals contained within the firework: copper burns blue, aluminum and titanium burn white, barium burns green, calcium burns orange, and sodium burns yellow.
  • Sparklers burn at nearly 2000 degrees Fahrenheit!
  • New York City holds the largest fireworks display of all U.S. cities.
  • Approximately 150 million hot dogs and 700 million pounds of chicken are consumed on the day.


Sources: US News and World Reports, The History Channel, US Census Bureau 

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