Happy 244th Birthday America!

On Saturday, July 4, 2020; this great country will be 244 years old.


Happy Birthday America!

While the current pandemic and political climate dominates most of today’s headlines, America is still the land of opportunity. Growing up in this country meant you could choose to become anything you wanted to be. You have more opportunities to select where you want to work; where you live and what you choose to do, or not to do.

Our history has been thoroughly documented; so I was surprised to find 10 things I didn’t know about the Fourth of July. Perhaps you will find these interesting as well.

1. The Declaration of Independence was not signed on July 4th. That's the day the document was formally dated, finalized, and adopted by the Continental Congress, which had officially voted for independence on July 2, 1776. The bulk of the other 54 men signed an official embossed copy on August 2, with others following at a later date.

2. The First Celebrations Were Similar To Today. After years of pent-up frustration, the colonies let loose upon hearing the words of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Independence Day celebrations began to look a bit more familiar the following year, as the July 18, 1777 issue of the Virginia Gazette describes the July 4 celebration in Philadelphia: "The evening was closed with the ringing of bells, and at night there was a grand exhibition of fireworks, which began and concluded with thirteen rockets on the commons, and the city was beautifully illuminated. Everything was conducted with the greatest order and decorum, and the face of joy and gladness was universal."

3. Massachusetts Was The First State To Recognize The July 4th Holiday. On July 3, 1781, Massachusetts first recognized the Fourth of July as an official holiday. It wasn't until June 28, 1870 that Congress started designating federal holidays, with the first four being New Year's Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. This decreed that those days were holidays for federal employees within the District of Columbia only. It would take years of legislation to expand the holiday to all federal employees.

4. America's Oldest Fourth of July Celebration. Bristol, Rhode Island, has been celebrating Independence Day since 1785.The festivities began just two years after the Revolutionary War ended, and 2020 will be its 235th event.

5. The Shortest 4th of July Parade is in Aptos, CA. The Fourth of July parade in Aptos, California, is just over half a mile long. Taking up two city blocks, and measuring just 0.610 mile, this brief bit of patriotism features antique cars, decorated trucks, and plenty of walkers. Afterward, there's a Party in the Park, where folks can enjoy live music, food, and games.

6. Everyone Loves Hot Dogs. Around 150 million hot dogs will be consumed by Americans on the Fourth of July! According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, that many hot dogs can stretch from Washington D.C. to Los Angeles more than five times. In 2018, Joey Chestnut ate 74 hot dogs, winning the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Competition for the eleventh time.

7. America Spends Billions On Food For July 4th. Americans will spend big on food and drinks this Fourth, to nearly $6.7 billion according to the National Retail Federation. This includes food and other cookout expenses, averaging nearly $73 per person participating in a barbecue, outdoor cookout or picnic.

8. Bottoms Up Everyone! According to the Beer Institute, more beer is sold on and around the Fourth of July holiday than during any other time throughout the year. Generally, Americans will spend around $1 billion on beer, and more than $560 million on wine for their Fourth celebrations. Be safe - please do not drink and drive.

9. The Rocket’s Red Glare. According to the American Pyrotechnics Association, nearly 15,000 fireworks displays will take place for the Fourth of July holiday (even if some aren't exactly on July 4). Though pricing varies, most small towns spend between $8000-$15,000 for a fireworks display. Larger cities may go into the millions. The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular averages more than $2 million.

10. Above All, Be Safe With Fireworks. There have been an average of seven fireworks-related deaths reported each year since 2002. Nearly two-thirds of the 11,000 to 13,000 fireworks-related injuries reported each year happen around the July Fourth holiday.


On behalf of all JADCO employees, please enjoy our July 4th holiday safely.

JADCO Manufacturing will be closed on Friday, July 3, 2020 so our employees can celebrate and relax with their family and friends. We look forward to assisting you next week.

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