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July 02, 2008

4th of July Trivia

Did you know that:

we commemorate the formal adoption by the Continental Congress of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, in Philadelphia and not the signing which was in August 1776?
Source: 4th of July - Independence Day - History.com
the holiday was first observed in Philadelphia on July 8, 1776, at which time the Declaration of Independence was read aloud, city bells rang, and bands played?
Source: 4th of July - Independence Day - History.com
the 4th of July was not declared a legal holiday until 1941.
Source: 4th of July - Independence Day - History.com
in July 1776, the estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation was 2.5 million? Source: Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970 http://www.census.gov/prod/www/abs/statab.html
the nation’s population on this July Fourth is 304 million. Source: Population clock http://www.census.gov/main/www/popclock.html
$207 million was the value of fireworks imported from China in 2007, representing the bulk of all U.S. fireworks imported ($217 million). U.S. exports of fireworks, by comparison, came to just $14.9 million in 2007, with Japan purchasing more than any other country ($3.8 million). Source: Foreign Trade Statistics

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Posted by d-nadler at July 2, 2008 03:39 PM