1) The Declaration of Independence was drafted by Thomas Jefferson on a small writing desk that fits on a lap.
2) The Star Spangled Banner was made the official national anthem in 1931.
3) John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both passed away on July 4th of 1826.
4) Only John Hancock and Charles Thompson actually signed the Decoration of Independence on the 4th of July, back in 1776.
5) The youngest to sign the Declaration of Independence was 27 (Thomas Lynch, Jr.) and the eldest was 70 years of age (Benjamin Franklin).
6) China supplies 97% of the imported fireworks.
7) About 150 million hot dogs will be eaten this 4th of July.
8) Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President, was born on July 4th of 1872.
10) The White House hosted the first party for 4th of July in 1801.
11) Starting back in 1785, the oldest 4th of July Parade in the US that still takes place today was in Bristol, RI.
12) "Under God" was added to the Pledge of Allegiance in 1954.
13) Only 27 of the 200 prints of the Declaration of Independence are accounted for.
Now that you know some of the interesting and fun facts about 4th of July, you're ready to celebrate! No matter if you plan to stay in town to celebrate with friends or plan to head out of town to enjoy festivities, there are a number of ways to honor our great country. If you are planning a road trip, be sure your car is fueled up, your tires are aired to the proper pressure, and you have an emergency kit in the vehicle. The crew at Spieler's Inc. wishes you and yours a happy AND safe 4th of July Weekend!
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