Happy Fourth of July! In the midst of cookouts, fireworks, swimming, or however else you might be celebrating, there’s always time to learn something new! In honor of today’s holiday, here are some interesting facts about the Fourth of July, America, our flag, and more!

  1. Only one president of the United States was born on July 4th: the 30th president, Calvin Coolidge (in 1872, not 1776!).
  2. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the 2nd and 3rd presidents, both died on July 4th, 1826. James Monroe, the 5th president, died on the same day in 1831.
  3. There have been 28 different versions of the American Flag.
  4. The largest 4th of July parade takes place in Boston every year. The week-long celebration is called Harborfest, and nearly 3 million people attend.
  5. They may not have the biggest parade, but New York City hosts the biggest firework display each year during the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks show.
  6. The oldest July 4th celebration takes place in Bristol, Rhode Island.
  7. Grilling is the most popular way to prepare food for July 4th. The top choices are hamburgers, hot dogs, and chicken.
  8. In fact, Americans eat 150 million hot dogs on July 4th every year.
  9. Every year on July 4th, the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia rings 13 times, in honor of the original 13 colonies.
  10. The first state to recognize July 4th as an official holiday was Massachusetts, in 1781.
  11. In 1870, the day became a federal holiday.

Did you learn anything new today? Be sure to share some of these facts with your kids today!

Happy 4th of July!