Wishing everyone a very Happy and Safe 4th of July! On this day in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation.
A few fun facts:
- The first signature on the Declaration of Independence was John Hancock’s.
- Three U.S. presidents actually died on July 4. John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe
- One president, Calvin Coolidge, was born on July 4.
- In 1870 the Congress made the 4th of July an unpaid holiday for federal employees.
- In 1941, Congress declared 4th of July a paid federal holiday.
- Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird. Thankfully, he was outvoted by John Adams and Thomas Jefferson who chose the bald eagle.
- Potato salad and potato chips tend to be the most popular food items at 4th of July barbecues.
- 150 million hot dogs will be consumed. Roughly 1 dog for every two people in the U.S.
I have to admit, this is one of my favorite holidays. I love hot dogs, the fireworks and get togethers with friends and family. We still buy some of the same fireworks we had when I was a kid. You know, the smoke bombs, snakes, roman candles and regular firecrackers. But we’ve added a few new ones to our traditional arsenal as well.
Underwater firecrackers are so cool. They have a longer fuse, so you have more time to get rid of them and they actually pop underwater. The kids love filling coke cans and bottles with water, tossing one of these little suckers in, and then running before the container goes air born. Don’t worry. Overprotective mom here has checked, double checked and even triple checked this little activity. It’s safe. Well, as safe as fireworks can be. There is always adult supervision. I think hubby ends up needing the most supervision though. LOL
We’ve had our fair share of close calls over the years. For example, firecracker falls over in the middle of the street at the last minute and then goes off, sending everyone watching scattering like a bunch of rats. And then there was the one time we thought a roman candle was a dud, only to find out it was just slow to ignite. Talk about shock! Another run for cover moment.
So celebrate big this 4th of July, but watch those little loved ones close and the big ones even closer!
Do you have a favorite firecracker from when you were little? Or how about a close call that sent you running and ducking for cover at the time, but makes you laugh now?