ASPPA Connect Observes Independence Day

By John Iekel • July 02, 2018 • 0 Comments
In observance of Independence Day, there will be no ASPPA Connect on Wednesday, July 4, 2018. The Connect will return on Friday, July 6. However, in honor of our nation’s birthday, here are some interesting facts concerning the annual celebration.

The resolution on Independence that the Second Continental Congress adopted on July 2, 1776 (it was signed on July 4) was introduced on June 1, 1776 by Richard Henry Lee, who was one of the members of Congress who represented Virginia.

The population of the United States of America on July 4, 1776 was approximately 2.5 million.

The Liberty Bell has not been rung since it cracked in 1835.

The Fourth of July became an unpaid holiday for federal workers in 1870; it became a paid holiday in 1938, and three years later it became a federal holiday.

The term “Uncle Sam” was coined in 1812, when meat shipments from a meat packer named Sam Wilson were stamped with “U. S.” Reportedly, someone joked that the initials stood for “Uncle Sam.”

Americans eat around 150 million hotdogs on July 4, and approximately 74 million people in the United States hold cookouts on that day.

Americans spend more than $200 million per year on fireworks.