Wednesday, July 2, 2008

4th of July Trivia

The 4th of July is always so much fun....picnic, parades, family, and friends!

Here are a few fun facts you may not know:

~~The majority of the nation's flags and patriotic paraphernalia in relation to the 4th of July are produced in China. Nearly $349 million dollars are used each year to import in the flags, banners, decorations, and emblems. (This just doesn't seem right, does it?!)

~~Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird and symbol of America, but was outvoted when John Adams and Thomas Jefferson chose the bald eagle. (I wonder how that would have worked for Thanksgiving - we certainly couldn't be eating the national bird!)

~~Uncle Sam was first popularized during the War of 1812, when the term appeared on supply containers. Believe it or not, the U. S. Congress didn't adopt him as a national symbol until 1961.

~~Over 150 million hot dogs will be consumed on the 4th. That's roughly 1 dog for every two people in the U.S. (I will gladly give up my hot dog to anyone who wants it!)

~~The words Under God were not added to the Pledge of Allegiance until the year 1954.

~~Contrary to legend, historical research has failed to confirm that Betsy Ross sewed the first flag. (I still choose to believe she did.)

~~The 4th of July was not declared a national holiday until 1941.

~~The national anthem is actually set to the tune of an old English drinking song called "To Anacreon in Heaven".

~~More than 74 million Americans will have a picnic or BBQ on the 4th. (And if you live in Minnesota, there will be 74 million mosquitoes joining you!)

I hope everyone has a Happy and Safe 4th of July!
~Nancy Malay


  1. Wow Nancy...thanks for all the fun trivia!
    I sure do know that so most of our Patriotic decorations are made in China. I bought a whole bunch of "stuff" at Target, and my daughter is the one who pointed out to me that everything was made in China. How ironic is that?
    I'm going to be more careful to read the labels on EVERYTHING!

    Happy July 4th to you too, and watch out for those sceeters in Minnesota ;)

  2. Great job Nancy! Thanks for all the interesting facts. Sure is sad that the USA can't even produce it's "own" Patriotic decorations!!

    Happy 4th of July Everyone!!

  3. Wunnerful post Sister - I adore the jpegs! Especially the kids marching in parade... adorable!!!

    thanks for starting us out right. Its perfect :)

  4. Thanks for all the interesting info,Nancy!Great post!:)

  5. Yeah Nancy! You have christened our blog in true TDIPT style!

  6. Great job Nancy!!!! Love the pictures you added.

  7. Well, that is fun!!! Thank you Nancy, what a delightful post!! Hugs, MO


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