July 4th is a great learning topic for kids all around the world – in the classroom or homeschool and summer camps or clubs – there are so many fun facts to explore.
Here are some fun facts and a free printable to celebrate the Fourth of July.
Did you know these July 4th Fun Facts?
- July is National Hot Dog Month – declared by the National Hot Dog and Sausages Council
- A whopping 150 million hot dogs are eaten every year on the 4th of July in the USA
- $1 billion is spent on 4th of July fireworks each year
- In the state of New England, salmon is a traditional 4th of July meal. Abigail Adams served it to John Adams on July 4th, 1776
- Families reunite to celebrate at picnics and parades
- 74 million Americans plan to have a barbecue on July 4th
- It is the tradition to wear red, white and blue, with stars and stripes representing the flag of the USA
July 4th Free Printable for Kids
Download these free flag printables.
- Use the pre-coloured flag as a poster print and display or use multiples as a garland
- Print the colouring page for kids to decorate themselves – I hope you enjoy them!
Here are some historical facts about July 4th
- July 4th is also known as Independence Day and is the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence being adopted on July 4th, 1776
- The Declaration of Independence declared the 13 colonies under British rule, free separating the USA from Great Britain
- The 13 freed colonies were Virginia, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.
- On July 4th, 1776 a committee was named to design the official Great Seal of the USA but was only accomplished in 1782, six years later
- In 1781 Massachusetts recognised the 4th of July as a state holiday making it the first state to do so
- The first white house 4th of July party took place in 1801 held by 3rd President Thomas Jefferson
- Three American Presidents have died on July 4th.
- Thomas Jefferson and John Adams passed on the 50th Anniversary hours apart and James Munroe on the 55th Anniversary
- John Adams refused to celebrate July 4th as he believed the 2nd of July marked the day the USA became independent
July 4th Printable Posters and Worksheets
If you’ve enjoyed reading these facts, you might like to view this free resource at my Teachers Pay Teachers Store. Further facts and ideas have been illustrated in a graphic poster and activity sheet that you can print and display or use for online and remote teaching.
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Happy July 4th!