Some Fun Facts for the 4th of July

It’s time for Independence Day, and for many, that means a long weekend full of fun activities like picnics, parades, and fireworks to celebrate the 241st anniversary of our nation’s independence from the British Empire. It’s a day to celebrate our freedom and reflect on the history of the country we call home.

Speaking of food, did you know that about 155 million hot dogs are consumed each year on the 4th of July? That’s enough to stretch from Washington D.C. to L.A. five times! Last year, 70 of those hot dogs were consumed in just 10 minutes by competitive eater Joey Chestnut at the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest which is held every year in Coney Island, New York.

Here are a few other interesting facts you may not have known about Independence Day

  • The Declaration of Independence was signed by 56 men from 13 colonies. The average age of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence was 45. The youngest was South Carolina’s Edward Rutledge, 26, and the oldest delegate was 70-year-old Benjamin Franklin. The lead author of The Declaration, Thomas Jefferson, was 33.
  • Benjamin Franklin was displeased that the bald eagle was chosen as the national bird – his choice was the turkey. In a letter to his daughter, Sarah Bache in 1784, he said of the bald eagle, “He is a bird of bad moral character. He does not get his living honestly.” He claimed that the turkey was “a bird of courage” and was far “more respectable” than the “lazy” bald eagle.
  • In 1776, there were 2.5 million people living in the new nation. Today the population of the U.S.A. is 326 million.
  • Gatlinburg, Tennessee wastes little time in getting their celebration underway. The Annual Gatlinburg Fourth of July Midnight Parade steps off each year at 12:01 a.m. This year’s parade is the 42nd annual installment and is expected to draw an estimated 80,000 spectators.
  • Due to concerns about cracking the iconic Liberty Bell, it has not been rung since 1846. Instead, the 2,000-pound bell is tapped 13 times each year on Independence Day.
  • Over 14,000 professional firework displays light up the skies in the United States each 4th of July according to The American Pyrotechnics Association.
  • The United States isn’t alone in celebrating their independence on July 4th. Both the Philippines and Rwanda also celebrate July 4th as a day of liberation. In Southeast Asia, it is known as “Republic Day” and Rwandans celebrate “Liberation Day.”

From our family at Topper’s to yours, we hope you have a safe and happy 4th of July! Give us a call today to help get your party started off right.

 

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When You Think Father’s Day, Think Toppers European Floral Design

Father’s Day is coming up on Sunday, June 18, and we’re here to help you find the perfect gift for dad. Of course, everyone loves flowers, but if they aren’t exactly dad’s idea of the perfect Father’s Day gift, we have many other wonderful options that he is sure to enjoy. Topper’s European Floral Design has a wide selection of unique gifts that you won’t find anywhere else!

Topper’s Veuve Clicquot Gift Tray

Does dad like to eat? Treat him to a gourmet basket filled with his favorite treats, or a fruit basket if he wants to keep it healthy. But Father’s Day only comes once a year, so why not go all out with Topper’s Veuve Clicquot Gift Tray or Topper’s Moet Champagne Gift Tray – both overflowing with elegant goodies and a fantastic bottle of champagne?

For dessert, we also have a selection of delicious Sugarfina sweet treats and irresistible Moonstruck chocolates.

Succulents and Orchids by Topper’s European Floral Design

If you would like to go with a more traditional gift, we offer a variety of long-lasting plants that are easy to care for and look beautiful in the home or the office. If flowers are more dad’s style, there are many terrific options that dad will love. Succulents, orchids, and tropical flowers are all splendid choices for Father’s Day.

No matter what dad’s style, we can help you make this year’s Father’s Day unforgettable with a gift that he is sure to love! We can even send his gift out of town so he can enjoy it no matter where he’s located. Stop by to see our selection or order online. Happy Father’s Day!