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by Beth Warren July 6, 2015

As we all know, Independence Day is associated with red, white, and blue anything and everything, and of course, barbecues.  But did you know these facts about our national holiday?


1. Our Founding Fathers ate a more wholesome meal than burgers and hotdogs.  “We can look up July 4th, 1776 and see that the headquarters staff had mutton, veal, roast beef, cabbages, peas, potatoes, beets, beans and then from the fish market they had black fish and lobster,” said Susan Schoelwer, a curator at Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate in Virginia.  Most of what was served was grown on the estate, which meant lots of seasonal fresh vegetables.  Honor the tradition (with a modern barbecue twist, of course) and grill a nutritious meal accompanied by fresh fruit and veggies.


2. Our second and third Presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826.  James Monroe, our fifth president and last president who was a Founding Father, passed away on July 4, 1831.  Talk about patriotism!


3. Conversely, our 30th president, Calvin Coolidge, was born on Independence Day in 1872.


4. Although the Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4, 1776 and the holiday was observed as early as 1777,  Congress didn’t declare July 4th as an official holiday until 1870 as part of a bill to formally recognize other holidays.


5. In 1776, about 2.5 million people lived in the United States verses 318.9 million people in 2014.


6. The White House held its first 4th of July party in 1801.


7. Due to cracking concerns, the Liberty Bell hasn’t been rung since 1846. Instead, the 2,000-pound bell is tapped 13 times every 4th of July to signal for bells across the country to start ringing.


8. The “Star Spangled Banner” was written by Francis Scott Key during the War of 1812 and not decreed as the official national anthem of the United States until 1931.


9. Americans consume about 155 million hot dogs on July 4th alone; it is the biggest hot dog holiday of the year.  Don’t neglect your health this year and try a healthy burger recipe.


10. More than 14,000 professional firework displays are estimated to light up the skies in the United States each 4th of July.  25 million pounds of fireworks are sold to cities for public celebrations!


11.  About 87% of American households have outdoor grills, and 41 million people will spend the holiday at someone else’s home.

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