MERIC's Fun Facts for the 4th of July

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On July 4, 1776 our forefather's signed the Declaration of Independence, paving the way to the establishment of the great nation of the United States of America. In honor of this holiday marked by parades, fireworks and barbecues, MERIC has compiled some fun facts and figures about this celebrated holiday.

Fun Facts

2.5 million
The nation’s estimated population on this July 4, 1776.

313.9 million

The nation’s population on this July Fourth.

5.98 million
Estimated number of people living in Missouri in 2010.
Number of firework manufacturers, wholesalers, shops and display services in Missouri.

The first celebration west of the Mississippi River is held at Independence Creek by Lewis and Clark.

Charles Wilkes, U.S. naval officer and explorer, gives the first Fourth of July celebration west of the Missouri River at a site near Sequalitchew Lake (now Pierce County), Washington.

July 4th picture1941
The year that July 4th became a holiday. However Independence Day was observed since July 4, 1776.

Statue of LibertyPatriotic Town Names
Missouri is home to the cities and towns named Liberty, Independence, Republic and Union.

Number of places in the Nation with the name “freedom.”

The year Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream month. Ice cream will be a part of many Americans’ celebration this July 4th.

1904 Icre Cream Cone
St. Louis World’s Fair Credited as the event when the ice cream cone became popular. Ernest A. Hamwi, a Syrian concessionaire, was selling a crisp, waffle-like pastry in a booth right next to an ice cream vendor. Because of ice cream's popularity, the vendor ran out of dishes. Hamwi rolled one of his wafer-like waffles in the shape of a cone and the vendor put some ice creamin it. Customers were happy and the cone was on its way to becoming the great American institution that it is today.

Missouri Cone Company
Founded by Hamwi in 1910; later known as the Western Cone Company.

90 percent
Percent of households in the United States that consume ice cream and related frozen desserts.

Sources: International Dairy Foods Association


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