Independence Day

This ‘birthday’ celebration of the United States of America commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. It is the most significant patriotic occasion in the United States and has been a federal legal holiday for 67 years.

 In an interesting series of coincidences, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, two of the nation’s founding fathers and the only two signatories of the Declaration of Independence to later become President, both died on July 4, 1826 – the United States’ 50th anniversary.

Today, the holiday is celebrated with parades, fireworks, picnics, sporting events and patriotic music – and it has been estimated that as many as 150 million hot dogs are consumed in tradition on this day.