Americans love parties, and this Friday we celebrate the biggest summer party all year: Independence Day.
Like most celebrations, we enjoy certain traditions to ensure a “proper” Fourth, including watermelon (the day’s number one fruit), potato salad (number one side dish), and hot dogs – 150 million of them, to be exact! If you eat a pork hot dog this Friday, it likely originated in Iowa; the majority of beef hot dogs started out in Texas.
Our collective fingers are crossed for good weather, too, since more than 87 percent of households own outdoor grills, and the majority plan to use them to prepare their celebratory Independence Day meal. Not quite half of us – 41 percent – will celebrate at someone else’s home (a great reason to have a Windsong home, with a private courtyard that makes for a perfect outdoor gathering!).
We like our pie, too – apple, to be exact. The Apple Pie became synonymous with July Fourth in 1902, when a national publication extolled the virtues of the treat and declared that “no pie-eating people can be permanently vanquished!”
July Fourth is also the most heavily traveled summer holiday covering Wednesday, July 2 through Sunday, July 5). Travel this year is expected to surge, with nearly 41 million people heading out of town (up two percent from last year). According to AAA, 8 in 10 Fourth of July travelers do so by car.
And no July Fourth celebration would be complete without fireworks. On average, 25 million pounds of fireworks are purchased by cities across the country, for use in public displays, with an annual cost of nearly $203 million. (This figure does not include fireworks purchased for private use).
A few fun facts:
- Only one U.S. President was born on the Fourth of July – Calvin Coolidge, in 1872; but three presidents have died on the date: Thomas Jefferson and John Adams (1826), and James Monroe (1831).
- While the Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4, 1776, independence from Great Britain was actually declared on July 2. (John Adams thought Americans would celebrate July 2).
- It wasn’t until nearly 100 years after independence was declared that July 4 became a holiday. Congress made Independence Day an unpaid holiday for federal employees in 1870 (under President Ulysses S. Grant). Nearly 70 years later (1938), Congress changed Independence Day to a paid federal holiday.
Whether you plan to join the 41 million travelers this holiday week, or you’ll be staying in town celebrating with friends or at home, Windsong homeowners know that their celebrations will be enjoyable. Maintenance friendly homes allow homeowners to travel without returning home to lawn care duty, and the stay-in-town crowd finds that gathering at the Community Clubhouse or organizing a “courtyard crawl”-style progressive cook-out is easy with ample patio, front porch, and sidewalk space.
Happy Fourth and Welcome Home to Windsong – Where Life’s A Breeze!