Fun July 4th Facts & Travel Tips
July 4th is the United States National Day most patriotic day of the year. A day for fun, sun, barbecues, and of course, travel. Here are some fun facts along with some helpful travel advice for this upcoming July 4th holiday:
Independence Day Facts
- Three Presidents Died on July 4th.
Thomas Jefferson – Jul 4, 1826
John Adams – July 4 1826
James Monroe – July 4, 1831
- Two Presidents Died on the Same Day – July 4.
Both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson signed the Declaration of Independence and both died on the same day. Weird.
- Born on the 4th of July
President Calvin Coolidge was born on July 4th 1872, so was Meyer Lansky, a Russian American mobster in 1902; Abigail Van Buren or as most of us know her “Dear Abby’; singer Bill Withers; Malia Obama are just some well known figures born on this day.
In the USA, we light up about 200 million pounds of fireworks! Most of them are imported from China – that’s about $247,100,000 worth.
- Bald Eagle? What about a Turkey instead?
We bet you did not know that Benjamin Franklin wanted the national bird to be a Turkey. Benjamin Franklin thought that the bald eagle is a bird of bad moral character, whereas the turkey is a more respectable bird. We all know how this turned out, he lost that vote.
- Road Trip
The First week of July is typically the busiest travel week of the year in the United States. Tips to avoid the holiday gridlock are to arrive at the airport at least 2 hours in advance; avoid traveling on the road between 2pm and 5pm on July 3rd; if you are planning on sticking around to watch the fireworks, consider leaving early, before the show is over, or stay overnight so you don’t get stuck in traffic.
Did you know that not only did both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both signed the Declaration of Independence on this day but also both died on the same day?
- Philippines celebrates July 4 after Independence from the United States
Well who knew….. on July 4th, 1946, the Treaty of Manila was signed in the Philippines giving them independence from…The United States.
- Mount Rushmore
There are 4 Presidents on Mount Rushmore: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. Thomas Jefferson Signed the Declaration of Independence.
- Sign Your John Hancock
The Term “Sign Your John Hancock” comes from an actual guy named John Hancock. He was the president of the Continental Congress and one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.
- Hot Dog!
A traditional staple food for BBQ’s on July 4th is the hot dog. America consumes about 150 million hot dogs on this date.
- Movies and July 4th
The Biggest Blockbuster movies of the year open on Independence Day weekend. The biggest movie star with 5 out of the top 20 hits that opened on July 4th is Will Smith. He is king of the Independence Day, literally.
Some big July 4th Weekend Movie Openings.
Independence Day starring Will Smith
War of the Worlds
Men in Black I – Will Smith
Men in Black II – Will Smith
Hancock – Will Smith
Wild Wild West – Will Smith
- What is Independence Day
The Declaration of Independence was signed on July the 4th, 1776. This day celebrates America’s Independence from Britain.
- It Could Actually be a fib
While it is widely believed that the Declaration of Independence was actually signed nearly a month after its adoption, on August 2, 1776. Only John Hancock, Charles Thompson, signed it on July 4. The rest of the 56 delegates signed nearly a month later.
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