MERIC Fun Facts for the Fourth

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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 gathered some fun facts about this celebrated holiday.

Fun Facts and Figures

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

323.1 million

The nation’s population on July Fourth 2016.

6.1 million
Estimated number of people living in Missouri in 2016.

The number of signatures on the Declaration of Independence.

Benjamin Franklin was the oldest signer of the Declaration of Indepence at 70 years old.

Edward Rutledge was the youngest signer of the Declaration of Indepence at 26 years old.

Number of manufacturers and wholesalers of fireworks in Missouri (NAICS 325920 and 423920) in 2016 employing an estimated 987 workers.

$46 Million
Value of Fireworks imported to Missouri in 2016.

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.”

There are 31 places in the nation named “eagle” — after the majestic bird that serves as our national symbol.

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 cream in it. Customers were happy and the cone was on its way to becoming the great American institution that it is today.

Sources: International Dairy Foods Association


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