4th of july facts.

For over 30 years, we’ve had the privilege of helping New Englanders celebrate their 4th of July with catered events or delivered BBQs & clambakes.

America’s Independence Day – Of course, it’s one of our very favorite holidays. For over thirty years, we have had the privilege of helping New Englanders celebrate their 4th of July holiday with catered events. We’ve delivered banquets for their clambakes, barbecues, pig roasts. We thought we knew just about everything about 4th of July.  That is, until our friend, Julie, sent along a perfect infographic image (see it below) of some fun, and little know facts about our nation’s birthday.

Ok, so we did find some fun facts about the history of the national holiday. 

Did you know…

  • The Continental Congress voted for independence on July 2, 1776, but didn’t approve the declaration until the 4th?
  • Of the 56 signers, over 25% of them were 35 years old or younger. Only 7 of the signers were over the age of 60?
  • On  July 4th, 1778, George Washington celebrated the anniversary of the event by issuing double rations of rum to his soldiers?
  • Two of our founding fathers, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, died on July 4, 1826, 50 years to the day after the Declaration of Independence?

But, then we noted some of our own local New England history involved in Independence Day.

Did you know……

  • Massachusetts became the first state to make July 4th a state holiday?
  • Bristol, Rhode Island is home to the oldest continuous (and pretty awesome ) Fourth of July celebration dating back to 1785?

We were particularly interested in the facts surrounding how Americans celebrate our nation’s birthday.

Did you know….

  • 80% of you will have a BBQ or picnic today, where you will help consume over 150 million hot dogs?   AND that many hot dogs are enough to stretch from our nation’s capital in D.C. to L.A. more than 5 times!
  • The Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest record is 68 hot dogs (with buns) in 10 minutes.
  • There are over 14,000 Fourth of July fireworks displays exploded across our nation every year.

If you should find that you would like some help rounding out your holiday clambake or barbecue, give Tim a call to see what he is recommending this year for delivered hot or cold menu items.  

However it is that you, your family and friends decide to celebrate 4th of July this year, we hope that you will enjoy safety, fun and great food.

4th of July facts

 (This infographic was a collaboration between history.com and column five)