It’s nearly the Fourth of July and that means plenty of celebration, however, the Harbinger Chronicles bets that there are a few things that you may not know about America’s Independence Day.
The Eagle wasn’t the first bird of choice. Benjamin Franklin thought the Turkey should be the national bird. In a letter written to daughter Sarah Bache back in 1784, Franklin saw the eagle as bad moral character. The Turkey is a Bird of Courage and a native of America. A Turkey would have no trouble attacking a Grenadier of The guard should the red coats invade the farm.
The Original Declaration of Independence draft read, “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of property.” It was Thomas Jefferson who changed the text to, “the Pursuit of Happiness.”
Baseball Hot Dogs and Apple Pie
Every 4th of July, Americans consume more than 150 million hot dogs. However, that is nothing compared to how much chicken people eat on the American holiday. Last year Americans ate 700 million pounds of chicken.
Every year on the Fourth of July, and the days before it, America imports over $227.3 million dollars worth of explosives from China.
America imports over 88 percent of its flags from China.
The popular patriotic song was originally a little ditty that was meant to mock the Yankees. Sung by the British Military Officers, “Yankee Doodle went to town a-riding on a pony, stuck a feather in his cap and called it macaroni,” well, you know the rest of that popular patriotic song.
I’ll Drink to That
The American National Anthem was originally a drinking song that was popular in England around the 18th century. The official song of a Gentlemen’s Club of non-professional musicians in London, To Anacreon in Heaven was later rewritten with the lyrics being composed by Francis Scott Key and the original composer John Stafford Smith. The Star Spangled Banner was adopted as the United States National Anthem in 1931.
Have a safe and Happy Fourth of July from everyone at the Harbinger Chronicles!