Pull out your reds, whites, and blues–it’s Independence Day! The holiday, not the movie! (Sorry, Will Smith!)
For some, the Fourth of July may mean beach trips and BBQs, but let’s not forget its true importance. For those of you who slept through history class, the fourth day of the seventh month marks the anniversary of the same date in 1776 when the Declaration of Independence was signed, thus, giving The United States of America and its 13 colonies their freedom (Thanks, England!).
But, hey, not EVERYTHING about the holiday needs to be serious (i.e. sequins). Here are some fun facts you probably didn’t know about the day:
- Did you know that 56 people signed the Declaration of Independence?
- John Hancock was the first to sign the DOI, and did so in the biggest handwriting! That’s why whenever someone needs your signature they tell you they need your “John Hancock.”
- Ben Franklin was the oldest to jot his name — He was 70 at the time of signing!
- Fireworks are a huge indicator of the holiday. So much so that more than $200M worth of fireworks were imported from China in 2013.
- According to TIME magazine, Independence Day is the most popular day of the year for Americans to consume hot dogs.
Some of Costume SuperCenter’s favorite folks celebrate every day like Independence Day, though, and we love them for it!
Steve Rogers literally has freedom and patriotism in his alias – Captain America. Doesn’t get much more American than that, folks.
There isn’t a thing in the Land of the Free that screams HEY, I’M AN AMERICAN like watching some guy with a mullet strangled someone else for sport. I mean, did you click the video? Did you hear the song? Hulk Hogan; The realest of Americans.
Truth, Justice and the American Way. When that’s your slogan, you’re pretty much naturally associated with the Home of the Brave. The Man of Steel boasts oozes freedom from his morals to the colors of his uniform.
Don’t worry, traditionalists – If you’re looking for more of the classic patriotic costumes, CSC has you covered. You can rock out as Uncle Sam, party down as Lady Liberty, and decorate your Fourth of July BBQ in a way that would make our forefathers proud.
Have a safe and happy Fourth of July to everyone, and, if all else fails at your Independence Day party, you can always fall back on our favorite bad joke:
How is a flag like Santa Claus?
They both hang out at the pole!