I have always loved the Fourth of July.  I feel like the Fourth of July is the only holiday that extends beyond our families to our friends and neighbors.  I love that the Fourth of July is a celebration of our country... but, also a celebration of the neighborhoods that make up our country.  I have always loved neighbors coming together to simply celebrate being neighbors and being American. 

I was reading today about some fun Fourth of July facts that I thought I would share ten of them with you.  If nothing else, you will have something to talk about at your Fourth of July celebration.

#1- The Declaration of Independance was actually approved on July 2, 1776... and July 2nd could have been our Independance Day... but, the written document was dated July 4, 1776 and The Fourth of July became our Independance Day.  As a side note, it wasn't actually signed until August 2nd.

#2- The Phillippines and Rwanda have independance celebrations on the same day... In the Philippines it is called "Republic Day" and in Rwanda it is called "Liberty Day".

#3-  Americans started celebrating the Fourth of July as early as 1777... with a parade and canons in Phillidelphia; however, the Fourth of July did not become a federal holiday until 1870 (along with Christmas and Thanksgiving).

#4- Pennsylvania may be the most "patriotic state"... the Declaration of Independance was debated, drafted, and signed in Pennsylvania.  There are 11 cities/counties in Pennsylvania with the word Liberty in them and 33 with the word "Union" in them.

#5-  Due to concerns about the crack, the Liberty Bell has not been rung since 1846.  Instead, it is tapped 13 times on the Fourth of July to signal bells across the nation to ring.

#6-  According to Time Magazine, the Fourth of July is the biggest HOT DOG eating day in the United States.  Americans consume 155 million hot dogs on Fourth of July.

#7- The oldest, continuous Independence Day celebration in the United States is the 4th of July Parade in Bristol, Rhode Island; it began in 1785.

#8- In July 1776, the estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation was 2.5 million. According to the U.S. and World Population Clock, today the US census website puts us a little over 318 million.

#9- Eight of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence were born in Britain.

#10- The American Pyrotechnics Association (APA) estimates that more than 14,000 professional firework displays light up the skies in the United States each 4th of July.