4th of July Fun Facts
What animal did Benjamin Franklin supposedly prefer as the official national bird over the bald eagle?
2. wild turkey
3. bald eagle
How many hot dogs are consumed, on average, at barbecues on the Fourth?
1. 50 million
2. 100 million
3. 150 million
4. 200 million
What year was the 4th of July first celebrated at the White House?
Why were the stars on the original American flag arranged in a circle?
1. It looked aesthetically more pleasing than rows or columns with an odd number of stars
2. It has no significant symbolism
3. To represent the never ending pursuit of freedom
4. To represent equality between the original thirteen colonies
When was the 4th of July declared a national holiday?
Answers in order:
Correct Answer: 2. Benjamin Franklin is said to have wanted the wild turkey to be the national bird but was outvoted by both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, who chose the bald eagle, a bird of prey native only to North America, as the official bird of the United States of America.
Correct Answer: 3. The 4th of July and barbecues go hand-in-hand, so it’s probably no surprise that over an estimated 150 million hot dogs are consumed in the United States each Independence Day. Break that down, and that’s roughly one hot dog for every two people in the U.S.
Correct Answer: 3. The first recorded 4th of July celebrations were in 1777 on the one-year anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. The first 4th of July party held at the White House, however, wasn’t until 1801, when it was held by President Thomas Jefferson.
Correct Answer: 4. The 13 stars on the American flag were arranged in a circle to represent equality between the original thirteen colonies. Although there were several versions of the early flag, including one with the stars arranged in vertical lines, the “Betsy Ross flag,” which depicts the stars in a circle, was the most popular.
Correct Answer: 1. Although the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence has been celebrated since 1777, the 4th of July was not declared a national holiday until 1941. The 4th of July wasn’t referred to as Independence Day until 1791.