Think you know everything there is to know about the July 4th holiday? Following are 5 interesting things you might not know compliments of your dentist Columbia Dr. Gregory Wych.
Calvin Coolidge, the country's 30th president, was born on Independence Day.
July Fourth is the "biggest hot dog holiday of the year," with Americans reportedly consuming about 155 million of them on Independence Day alone.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Pennsylvania, the so-called "State of Independence," where the Declaration of Independence was debated and signed, is home to 11 places with the word "liberty" in their name and 33 with the word "union" in them, leading the country for the number of places with such names.
In a letter to his daughter Sarah Bache in 1784, Benjamin Franklin wrote that he was displeased that the bald eagle had been chosen as the symbol for the nation because he is a bird of bad moral character. A turkey, Franklin went on to argue, is a far "more respectable" bird.
Due to concerns about cracking the iconic instrument, the Liberty Bell has not been rung since 1846. Instead, every year, to mark the Fourth of July, the 2,000-pound bell is tapped 13 times to signal for bells across the country to start ringing.
Fireworks are also synonymous with July 4th celebrations. Yet, 240 people on average go the emergency room with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday.
Follow these safety tips when using fireworks:
- Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks – even sparklers can cause injuries.
- Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities.
- Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
- Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
- Light fireworks one at a time and then move back quickly.
- Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
- After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
- Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.
So what fun activities have you planned for July 4th? If you need some ideas, visit the city of Columbia website. From a concert in Finlay Park to an exhibit of bugs, there’s something for the whole family.