SISSY SHARES: 5 Fascinating Fourth of July Facts

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Every year on July 4th, we gather with friends and family, grill up a bunch of foods, and twirl around with sparklers. Sometimes there are s’mores and watermelon to snack on and picnics and block parties to attend. Other people head to the beach and spend the day in the waves and the night watching on fireworks light up the skies above. As you munch on tasty snacks and watch in awe at the colorful explosions in the sky, have you ever wondered why we do these things?

In the July edition of SISSY SHARES, Sissy Sheridan is sharing 5 Fascinating Facts about July 4th. Read on as she educates you about the history of fireworks, Liberty Bell traditions, and the absolutely mind-blowing amount of hot dogs Americans will consume on this patriotic day.

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SISSY SHARES: 5 Fascinating Fourth of July Facts
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The first celebration of Independence Day was in 1777 and included fireworks.


Americans spend more than $1 billion on fireworks each year, according to the American Pyrotechnics Association.

SISSY SHARES: 5 Fascinating Fourth of July Facts
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Around 150 million hot dogs will be eaten by Americans on the Fourth of July, according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council. That amount of dogs can stretch from Washington D.C. to Los Angeles more than five times!


Every 4th of July, the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia is tapped (not actually rung) thirteen times in honor of the original thirteen colonies.

SISSY SHARES: 5 Fascinating Fourth of July Facts
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Many historians believe that fireworks were brought to America by way of China hundreds of years ago. “The first ‘firecrackers’ were bamboo stalks that when thrown in a fire, would explode with a bang because of the overheating of the hollow air pockets in the bamboo.”

Until next month,
Care for one another,

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