Independence Day, celebrated on the 4th of July, is almost here! Celebrate by bringing a few of these fun conversation starters to the party. But first test your kids’ knowledge about this most patriotic of holidays.
1. Don’t forget to budget
Did you know that Americans are expected to spend $7.52 billion this year for the July 4th holiday? That’s a big number, but what does that mean to you? According to the personal finance website WalletHub, the main way Americans spend the holiday is at cookouts, barbecues, and picnics, so accordingly, most of that money will be spent on food. On average, each person will spend about $80.54 on food items. Perhaps people are making up for the last few years of Covid restrictions. This might be a good opportunity to do some comparison shopping for your holiday menu. Consider your menu, set a budget, and have the kids look online for prices. See who can find the best deals for the same items. Kids as young as 8 years old may be ready to learn about the concept of budgeting. Remind them to look for coupons. If parents can create a game-like atmosphere or a friendly competition it can be a fun activity. You may decide to shop locally given the high price of gasoline can add to the bottom line.
2. Do the math
Did you know that the Liberty Bell was originally called the State Bell? However, by the late's 1830 the name was changed to the Liberty Bell as it became a symbol of anti-slavery.
Did you know that every 4th of July the Liberty Bell is tapped (not actually rung) 13 times in honor of the original 13 colonies? Children who are descendants of the original Declaration of Independence signers gently tap the fragile Liberty Bell. No one knows when the initial crack in the bell occurred. The last time the bell rang was on February 1846–Washington’s birthday, when a major crack appeared. The historic bell weighs in at a whopping 2,080 pounds. You may wish to practice some fast math with your child. For example, if a child weighs 65 pounds, how many children would it take to equal that of the Liberty Bell? The answer is 32. Next, challenge your child to do the math using their own weight.
3. Birth of a nation
July 4th is also called Independence Day. But one of the most common misunderstandings surrounding this date is that the vote that declared America’s independence from the British actually took place on July 2nd and the “Declaration” was published in papers on July 4. Only 2 men signed the document on July 4, 1776 (Charles Thompson & John Hancock). On August 2, 1776, members of Congress posted their signatures to an enlarged copy of the Declaration of Independence. Did you know that a woman affixed her name to the document also? At the bottom of the document is written "Baltimore, in Maryland: Printed by Mary Katherine Goddard. Goddard was working as a printer and inscribed her full name on the document.
4. Food for thought
Did you ever wonder why there are generally 10 hotdogs in a package, but buns are sold in an 8 pack? There are 10 hotdogs in a package because each hot dog weighs 1.6 ounces.
10oz X 1.6oz =16oz= 1 pound
Generally, each package of hotdogs, like packaged meat products, weighs 1 pound. Buns, however, were not originally intended to be used just for hot dogs. They are also used for various types of sandwiches. Buns used to be sold individually, so customers could order them for their families. However, since industrialization, the factories in which buns are made, use trays of four. They’re made and placed on conveyor belts, and packages of four work well. So for that reason, it looks like there will always be 2 extra hotdogs for every package of buns.
5. Just the facts
Did you know that Americans spend over 1 billion dollars on fireworks on July 4th and the tradition dates back to 1777? Did you know that New York City has the biggest firework display that takes over 8,000 hours to prepare, but other cities such as Boston and Houston have pretty amazing shows too. There are approximately 16,000 Independence Day fireworks displays that take place each year. It’s best if fireworks are handled only by professionals. In 2020, an estimated 15,600 people were hospitalized with injuries related to fireworks–the highest number in the last 15 years, the Consumer Product Safety Commission reported. Sixty-six percent of the injuries happened between June 21, 2020, and July 21, 2020. Fireworks handled incorrectly can be fatal; 12 out of 18 deaths reported in 2020 were related to misuse.
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