The coming of another Independence Day reminds us to appreciate the freedoms and rights that we have as a nation that are too often taken for granted. George Washington celebrated Independence Day with his troops in our local area at Princeton in 1778.
Other celebrations will be taking place across the United States in the form of parades, fireworks displays, concerts, and of course, Nathan’s annual hot dog eating contest.
But did you realize that according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, Americans will eat 155 million hot dogs on July 4? Did you realize that we had a National Hot Dog and Sausage Council? Both are true. Time says that’s enough hot dogs to stretch from Washington to Los Angeles five times with dogs left over.
And H&R Block says Americans will spend over $600 million on fireworks this year. Health officials are expecting more than 1,400 hand injuries
.The celebration may actually be starting two days late. According to the Washington Post, on July 2, 1776, the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution for independence from Britain. The delay comes because the Declaration of Independence was actually adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4th.
Bureaucratic paperwork apparently has been an issue since the very beginning. Yahoo! News reported that the signing of the Declaration didn't begin until August 2 and finally got finished in November.
And as the country tries to come together to choose a president in November, houstonpress.com reports that in 2012, we are faced with a travesty on Independence Day. Our newest tradition of gluttony, the Nathan’s hot dog eating contest, will broadcast on tape delay on ESPN after Wimbledon tennis matches.