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Fireworks, hot dogs, and history…oh my!

Fireworks, hot dogs, and history…oh my!

As you’re surely already aware, tomorrow marks one of the most popular American holidays of the year, Independence Day. To get you in the festive spirit, here are a few fun facts you may or may not know:

July 2nd: The Second Continental Congress actually voted to declare independence on July 2, 1776. However, it was on July 4th that the final wording of the Declaration was approved.

Signatures: While the Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4, 1776, most of the delegates did not actually sign it until August 2, 1776.

John Adams & Thomas Jefferson: Two of the founding fathers, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, both signers of the Declaration of Independence, died on the same day: July 4, 1826, exactly 50 years after the Declaration was adopted.

Fireworks: Fireworks have been associated with Independence Day celebrations since the earliest days of the United States. The first public fireworks display was held on July 4, 1777, in Philadelphia, and it has become a tradition ever since.

Hot Dogs: The 4th of July is a big day for hot dogs in the United States. It is estimated that Americans consume over 150 million hot dogs on Independence Day—enough to stretch from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. more than five times!

Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest: One of the most prominent competitive eating competitions, the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest, takes place annually on Coney Island, New York, on the 4th of July. Joey Chestnut set the world record in 2021by eating 76 hot dogs in 10 minutes!

The Liberty Bell: On Independence Day, the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia is traditionally tapped (but not rung!) by descendants of the Declaration of Independence signers.

I hope you’re able to enjoy some wonderful summer weather, delicious food, and time with your friends, family, and loved ones. It’s a nice time to be grateful for all that we have.

And if you’re hoping to find even more to be grateful for, perhaps that’s something I can help with. Give my office a call at (480) 513-1830 or book a spot on my calendar and I’ll help you declare your own personal independence from the stress of an uncertain financial future. Happy Independence Day!

Warmly, Charles

Charles C. Scott AIF®, CDP®



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