“You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.” -Erma Bombeck

1. Both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, two of the most influential founders of the United States and former Presidents, died within hours of each other on the 50th anniversary of the founding of the country they helped to create – July 4, 1826.

2. There’s a better than 1 in 4 chance that that hot dog you’ll eat on the Fourth originated in Iowa, the nation’s leading producer of hogs. It’s estimated that the number of hot dogs eaten by Americans on the 4th is 150 million.

3. There are 31 places in the United States that have the word “Liberty” in them. Iowa is the state with the most – Libertyville, West Liberty, North Liberty and New Liberty.

4. Fireworks imported from China to the United States in 2006 were valued at $216 million. Be sure to catch some of those fireworks at Red White and Boom tonight, a fireworks display on the riverfront presented by Davenport and Rock Island.

One Thought on “Four Fun 4th of July Facts

  1. Karen on July 6, 2008 at 6:40 pm said:

    Wow, that’s a lot of dogs consumed in one day! I’m not really a processed meat kinda gal, but I do love a good hot dog. They have to have a snap which indicates a natural casing. Yeah, lots of people think that’s gross, but it really is the sign of a good hot dog. Check out the PBS show on video called The Hot Dog Progam. It’s old (1999 I think), but a great documentary on a fun food.

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