Happy 4th of July! The whole (cool) team wishes you a safe and happy holiday. Here are a few fun facts about the 4th to share with your pint-sizer:

  • The Fourth of July commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. It was initially adopted by Congress on July 2, 1776, but then it was revised and the final version was adopted two days later.
  • On July 6, 1776, the Pennsylvania Evening Post became the first newspaper to print the now-historic Declaration of Independence.
  • In July 1776, the estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation: 2.5 Million.
  • Thirty-one places have “liberty” in their names. The most populous one as of April 1, 2010, was Liberty, Mo. (29,149). Iowa, with four, has more of these places than any other state: Libertyville, New Liberty, North Liberty and West Liberty.
  • Five places have “America” in their names. The most populous is American Fork, Utah, with a population of 26,263.
  • Potato salad and potato chips are popular food items at Fourth of July barbecues. Approximately half of the nation’s spuds were produced in Idaho or Washington state in 2011.
  • The 4th of July Parade in Bristol, Rhode Island is the oldest, most continuous Independence Day Celebration in the US. They’ve celebrated every year since 1785.
  • Approximately 150 million hot dogs will be consumed today, according to the US Census.
  • Caesar Salad was invented on 4th of July in 1924, according to Caesar Cardini’s daughter.
Sources: Profile America Facts for Features, TodayIFoundOut.com, TheFW.com, and LiveScience.com.