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Some 4th of July traditions are timeless - parades, speeches, public readings of the Declaration of Independence and fireworks! From our nation’s capital to small town USA, July 4th is a patriotic, flag-waving, red, white and blue celebration of America's birthday! Celebrate your patriotic pride with star spangled savings and double cash back from RebateBlast on all your Independence Day essentials.
Red, White & Blue 4th of July Party Supplies
Show your stripes by hosting the party at your place this 4th of July! With a little help from Shindigz® and Windy City Novelties®, your out-of-town guests will have no problem finding the festivities. Decorate from front porch to the backyard with streamers, balloons and flags – and don’t forget to add a little sparkle to emulate the fireworks. Guests will love taking photos with a life size Uncle Sam standee, which is always good for a laugh.
I Love a Parade
Nothing kicks-off the party mode more than a 4th of July parade; and nothing is more traditional spectator wear than graphic-flag tees and tanks for under $5 at Old Navy®.
More fun than watching is participating in a parade. Sure to hold warm memories for years to come, Costume Craze® can help inspire your nationalism with costumes including: Betsy Ross, the Statue of Liberty, Uncle Sam, Patriots, and a variety of red, white and blue hats, wigs, glasses and other accessories. If you’re decorating bicycles, wagons or floats, turn to Shindigz® for essential parade fringe, festooning, and float kits. Make a grand entry with 4-foot high Firecracker Float decorations, USA Letter Set, Stars or Patriotic Standees.
Fire-up the Fun Facts
Fire-up the grill in your Life Is Good® 4th of July apron and share some really interesting and fun facts about the history of America's independence, with your friends. Did you know…
- The 2nd of July may actually be the more appropriate date to mark the nation’s independence. That’s the day when the delegates actually voted on the declaration but it was not completed and printed until July 4th.
- Fifty-six people signed the declaration of independence. John Hancock was the first to sign and was president of the Continental Congress at the time. The oldest to sign was Ben Franklin at age 70 and the youngest was Edward Rutledge at age 26.
- The Liberty Bell was not rung on July 4, 1776 it was four days later to honor the first public reading of the declaration. It has not been rung since 1846 due to concerns about cracking the iconic instrument. Instead it is tapped 13 times to signal bells across the country to start ringing on the 4th of July.
- In a bizarre twist of fate, three of the Declaration of Independence founding fathers died on July 4th. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both died on July 4, 1826 that marked the 50th anniversary of the declarations signing. Then James Monroe died on July 4, 1831.
- Thomas Jefferson changed the wording of the Declaration of Independence from "the pursuit of property" to "the pursuit of happiness”. The stars on the original American flag were in a circle so all the Colonies would appear equal. The song "Yankee Doodle" was sung originally by British officers making fun of backwoods Americans.
- Americans began celebrating our Independence Day with parades, thirteen canon salutes and fireworks in 1776 but it was not declared a national holiday by Congress until 1870. Today, July 4th is one of only four federal holidays celebrated on the same calendar day each year along with New Years, Christmas and Veterans Day.
- On July 4th,Americans will consume about 155 million hot dogs. More than 14,000 fireworks displays go off on July 4th across the nation. The largest display is Macy’s® in New York with 75,000 pounds of fireworks, which go off in a half hour show attended by 2 million people. In 2012, a total of 25 million pounds of fireworks were sold across the U.S. for celebrations.
Wishing everyone a fun-filled July 4th and a Happy Birthday America!