1. If Ben Franklin were in charge, I don't think we'd be eating turkey on Thanksgiving since it would have represented our national bird.
2. In 1776 only 2.5 million people lived in America compared to the billions we have today.
3. In 1941 July became the national holiday to celebrate Independence Day!
4. The White House brings in a bang with its first July 4th celebration in 1804.
5. Three of our 45 presidents died on July 4th: Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and James Monroe.
6. The national anthem's melody was taking from a drinking song in London called To Anacreon in Heaven.
7. In Princeton, NJ, George Washington celebrated July 4, 1778, with a double ration of rum for his soldiers and an artillery salute.
8. Fireworks were first authorized by Congress for Fourth of July, 1777.
9. The USA flags are made in China.
10. Getting paid from work to observe Independence Day began 1938, ca-ching$!