July 4th Facts, Celebrations, Greetings & Messages

Also known as the Fourth of July and Independence Day, July 4th is a United States of America holiday that celebrates the American independence through adoption of the Declaration of the Independence on July 4th, 1776.

What happened on this date: July 4th Historical Facts

  • Fourth of July / July 4 / US Independence Day has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution (1775-83). 
  • In June 1776, representatives of the 13 colonies then fighting in the revolutionary struggle weighed a resolution that would declare their independence from Great Britain. 
  • On July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later  (i.e. July 4th), its delegates adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. 
  • From 1776 until the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence.
Interesting Facts about the Fourth of July: The US Independence Day 2012
  • In July 1776, the estimated number of people living in the newly independent United States of America was 2.5 million. The nation's estimated population on July 4th 2012 would be 313.9 million
  • Thirty-one places in the US 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. Thirty-five places have “eagle” in their names. The most populous one is Eagle Pass, Texas, with a population of 26,248. Eleven places have “independence” in their names. The most populous one is Independence, Mo., with a population of 116,830. Nine places have “freedom” in their names. The most populous one is New Freedom, Pa., with a population of 4,464. One place has “patriot” in its name. Patriot, Ind., has a population of 209. Five places have “America” in their names. The most populous is American Fork, Utah, with a population of 26,263. 
  • Ranking of the frequency of the surname of the first U.S. president, George Washington, among all last names tabulated in the 2000 Census is 138. Other early presidential names that appear on the list, along with their ranking, were Adams (39), Jefferson (594), Madison (1,209) and Monroe (567).
  • Value of trade last year between the United States and the United Kingdom was $107.1 billion, making the British, U.S. adversary in 1776, its sixth-leading trading partner today.
  • In 2011, the dollar value of U.S. imports of American flags was $3.6 million. The vast majority of this amount ($3.3 million) was for U.S. flags made in China.
  • U.S. flags worth $663,071 were exported in 2011 with Mexico being the leading customer, purchasing $80,349 worth US Flags.
  • Value of shipments of fabricated flags, banners and similar emblems by the nation's manufacturers in 2007 was $302.7 million
  • Value of fireworks imported from China in 2011 was $232.3 million. This represented the bulk of all U.S. fireworks imported ($223.4 million). U.S. exports of fireworks in 2011 was $15.8 million with Australia purchasing more than any other country ($4.5 million).
  • The value of U.S. manufacturers' shipments of fireworks and pyrotechnics (including flares, igniters, etc.) in 2007 was $231.8 million
Interesting Facts about the Fourth of July: The U.S. Independence Day Celebrations
Usual celebrations on Fourth of July range from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues. Below are some interesting facts regarding the celebrations which will amaze you:
  • There is an almost 1 in 3 chance that the hot dogs and pork sausages consumed on the Fourth of July originated in Iowa. The Hawkeye State was home to 19.7 million hogs and pigs on March 1, 2012. This estimate represents almost one-third of the nation's estimated total. North Carolina (8.6 million) and Minnesota (7.6 million) were also homes to large numbers of pigs.
  • 7.2 billion pounds was the total production of cattle and calves in Texas in 2011. Chances are good that the beef hot dogs, steaks and burgers on your backyard grill came from the Lone Star State, which accounted for about one-sixth of the nation's total production. And if the beef did not come from Texas, it very well may have come from Nebraska (4.6 billion pounds) or Kansas (4.0 billion pounds).
  • There are 6 states in which the value of broiler chicken production was estimated at $1 billion or greater between December 2010 and November 2011. There is a good chance that one of these states — Georgia, Arkansas, North Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi or Texas — is the source of your barbecued chicken.
  • 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.
Greetings, E-cards and Messages for Fourth of July / July 4th / U.S. Independence Day