Whether your weekend plans include a family picnic, excursion to a waterfront or just enjoying time at home, all of us at Polsinello Fuels wish you a happy, safe July 4th holiday!
- July Fourth is the biggest hot dog holiday of the year, with Americans reportedly consuming about 155 million of them on Independence Day alone. But despite a nationwide love for the salty snack, no one really knows where the hot dog came from. According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, it is "likely that the North American hot dog comes from a widespread common European sausage brought here by butchers of several nationalities."
- Americans began observing the Fourth of July as early as 1777, when the first-ever major celebration in Philadelphia included a parade, a thirteen-shot cannon salute and fireworks, but Congress didn’t make it official until 1870, when it was part of a bill passed to recognize major state holidays at a federal level -- like Christmas and New Year’s Day.
- While burgers and macaroni salad may be on your cookout menu, according to legend, on July 4, 1776, John Adams and his wife, Abigail, sat down for a celebration meal of turtle soup, New England poached salmon with egg sauce, green peas, and boiled new potatoes. They followed the meal with Indian pudding or Apple Pandowdy.
- 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 as signal for bells across the country to start ringing.
- $190.7 million worth of fireworks were imported from China in 2010, representing the bulk of all U.S. fireworks imports ($197.3 million ).