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Four Fun Facts for the Fourth

Ahh, Independence Day. Nothing says, "I'm proud to be an American!" quite like the Fourth of July. Fireworks, barbecue, patriotic pride--I love this holiday! Here are four fun facts to help you celebrate the day with a little more knowledge!


1. Time to Hit the Road

Nearly 38 million Americans are expected to drive, according to AAA, which defines the Independence Day travel period as Friday, June 30, through Tuesday, July 4.

Some 3.5 million people are forecast to fly. And 3.25 million others will take a different form of transportation, be it a bus, train or cruise ship.

If you're one of those 38 million jumping in your car to head somewhere fun, you know the drill! Take your time, don't speed and watch out for drunk drivers. Helpful hint: travel ON the holiday if you can to avoid traffic. 

2. Red, White and FOOD

During the holiday season, Americans eat around 150 million hot dogs and 750 million pounds of chicken, meaning that there’s well over a 1-in-4 chance that you’ll be consuming these grilled foods. To give you an idea of what that means, that’s enough hot dogs to stretch from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C.

Whether you choose a hot dog (me!) or chicken--be sure to keep all of your foods at a safe temperature (that means keep you cold foods cold and your hot foods hot) and throw away any food that sits out in the sun for more than an hour or two!

3. Baby, You're a Firework

Fireworks were first used to celebrate July 4th in 1777 in Philadelphia, PA. Since their introduction, fireworks have become so popular that public consumption has grown to almost a staggering 244 million pounds in 2016. Children of all ages love to set off fireworks. An estimated 11,000 firework-related injuries were reported last year between June 18 and July 18 with 39% attributed to individuals younger than 20 years of age.

Don't let the kids (or teens, for that matter!) use fireworks without supervision! Remember that fireworks can be dangerous if use improperly and should not be treated like a toy.

4. Turn Up the Tunes 

Yankee Doodle , a popular patriotic song was originally sung by British military officers prior to the Revolution as a means to mock the disorganized American colonists who fought alongside them during the French and Indian Wars. The term Doodle is from Germanic decent meaning “playing music badly.” It then became an American anthem of defiance. 

When the British marched out to surrender, they turned their heads to ignore the Americans. The Commander of the Light Infantry brigade was outraged and ordered the band to play Yankee Doodle. Every British head turned and stared into the faces of their former subject. Hence Yankee Doodle because a favorite patriotic song.

Shout out this fun fact when you hear Yankee Doodle playing at your Fourth of July celebrations and impress everyone around you!