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Fourth of July is a holiday I look forward to every year! Full of outside, summer fun, barbecued foods, and firework displays. Behind all of that, however, is history! In celebration of our nation's Independence Day, here are 15 fun facts and pieces of trivia:
1. John Hancock was the only member of the Continental Congress to formally sign the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776.
2. The Fourth of July was not declared a federal holiday until 1938.
3. The first White House Fourth of July party was held in 1804.
4. Around 150 million hot dogs are consumed on Fourth of July (wonder if this statistic includes the hot dogs consumed during the annual Nathan's Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest?)
5. Back in 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was signed, 2.5 million new people lived in the U.S. Now 240 years later, 311 million people live.
6. The now American-celebrated song, Yankee Doodle, was originally written by officers of the British army to make fun of backwoods Americans.
7. Three United States presidents died on the Fourth of July: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe.
8. July 4th is also celebrated in the Philippines, because in 1946, the country was recognized as an independent nation.
9. In one year, $600 million is spent on fireworks alone in the U.S.
10. Most of the signers of the Declaration did not formally sign until August 2, 1776.
11. Though it is no treasure map as predicted by Nicholas Cage in "Treasure Hunt 2", the message "Original Declaration of Independence dated 4th July 1776" is written upside down on the back of the Declaration of Independence.
12. More than 14,000 firework displays are put on across the country on Fourth of July!
13. Bristol, Rhode Island is home to the world's oldest Independence Day celebration. It dates back to 1785!
14. In 1781, the great state of Massachusetts became the first one to declare Independence Day a holiday
15. Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks Display is the largest in the United States
I come from a family that would always go to the lake for Memorial Day and grill with friends and family. However, we always flew our flag and remembered why we celebrate Memorial Day. Both my granddads fought back when you didn't have a choice, back when young men died to protect this great country. To this day there are brave men and women dying to protect this great country and for you to be able to grill with your family. Here are 45 songs to add to your playlist.
1. ‘Letters from Home’ by John Michael Montgomery
2. ‘Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)’ by Alan Jackson
3. ‘God Bless The USA’ by Lee Greenwood
4. ‘In Color’ by Jamey Johnson
5. ‘Something to Be Proud Of’ by Montgomery Gentry
6. ‘Old Army Hat’ by Billy Ray Cyrus
7. ‘One Hell Of An Amen’ by Brantley Gilbert
8. ‘Ragged Old Flag’ by Johnny Cash
9. ‘American Soldier’ by Toby Keith
10. ‘God Bless America’ by Martina McBride
11. ‘Some Gave All’ by Billy Ray Cyrus
12. ‘8th of November’ by Big & Rich
13. ‘Call A Marine’ by Toby Keith
14. ‘Courtesy Of The Red, White, And Blue’ by Toby Keith
15. ‘Song of the Patriot’ by Johnny Cash
16. ‘I Just Cane Back (From A War)’ by Darryl Worley
17. ‘I Stand For The Flag’ by Wes Cook Band
18. ‘Where The Stars And Stripes And The Eagle Fly’ by Aaron Tippin
19. ‘For You’ by Keith Urban
20. ‘Blood Brothers’ by Luke Bryan
21. ‘It’s America’ by Rodney Atkins
22. ‘Fallen Soldier’ by Nathan Fair
23. ‘Brothers’ by Dean Brody
24. ‘If I Don’t Make It Back’ by Tracy Lawrence
25. ‘Semper Fi’ by Trace Adkins
26. ‘Only in America’ by Brooks & Dunn
27. ‘Ships That Don’t Come In’ by Joe Diffie
28. ‘Have You Forgotten?’ By Darryl Worley
29. ‘Heroes Come from Small Towns’ by Rockie Lynne
30. ‘Arlington’ by Trace Adkins
31. ‘Riding With Private Malone’ by David Ball
32. ‘POW 369’ by Darryl Worley
33. ‘Red White & Blue’ by Lynyrd Skynyrd
34. ‘We Fought Hard’ by Billy Ray Cyrus
35. ‘A Soldier’s Memoir (PTSD Song)’ by Joe Bachman
36. ‘Boy in a Uniform’ by Rockie Lynne
37. ‘Nineteen’ by Billy Ray Cyrus
38. ‘This Ain’t No Rag, It’s A Flag’ by Charlie Daniels Band
39. ‘America Will Survive’ by Hank Williams, Jr.
40. ‘Til The Last Shot’s Fired’ by Trace Adkins
41. ‘If You’re Reading This’ by Tim McGraw
42. ‘Survivor Guilt’ by Rise Against
43. ‘Hero Of War’ by Rise Against
44. ‘Ballad of Balad’ by Toby Keith
45. ‘I Want You to Live’ by George Canyon
This year as you are gathering around the table about to chow down on a burger or hotdog remember the ones who have given the ultimate sacrifice to allow you the freedom to have a great time. Happy Memorial Day!