Fun facts on The Fourth


CHARLES CITY, Iowa – With the Fourth of July upon us, many focus on things like celebrating with friends and family, but what about the history behind why we celebrate the day.

So we decided to see how much people know about their country’s independence.

The first questioned asked was when was Independence Day supposed to be celebrated on? The most common answer was July 1st.  According to the Washington Post, President John Adams’ intentions were to celebrate this day of freedom on July 2nd, but the paperwork wasn’t signed until two days later.

Next on the trivia list was the question of what state started the tradition of eating hot dogs and sausage on this holiday weekend?  People answered New York, California, Missouri, and Virginia.  The answer? Iowa.  That gem of info comes from the USDA.

Luckily, in the end, we had at least one person get one of our questions right.

“Where does the U.S. get most of its fireworks from?”

The response? China.

So make sure next year, you know your Independence Day Q and A’s, you never know when you’ll be tested.

Some other facts you may not know is that three former presidents died on the Fourth of July: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe.

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