4th of July Facts

Happy 4th of July…one of us is ready for the day marking the 236th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence:

Patriotic Tucker

I gathered a few 4th of July fun facts to share today:
Hot Dogs
July is National Hot Dog Month, and according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council over seven billion hot dogs will be eaten by  Americans between Memorial Day (May) and Labor Day (September).  The 4th of July is the biggest hot dog “holiday” of the year–approximately 155 MILLION hot dogs will be consumed.   The Council also estimates that the average American eats 60 hot dogs/year.  I’m happy to say I’m below average – I can’t remember the last time I ate a hot dog.  You can learn more about hot dogs and sausages on the Council’s website.  

4-wheel hot dog

If you grew up in the Midwest, you may be familiar with the saying “Knee high by the 4th of July”.  That refers to corn height.  The old “knee high” adage meant that if a farmer’s corn reached the height of their knee by Independence Day, their crop was on track and they were expected to have a good year. 
In case you find yourself lined up for a watermelon eating contest today, here’s a tutorial on How to Win a Watermelon Eating Contest.  Remember to “bring an extra shirt or wear a bib.”

I’ll stick to enjoying watermelon as a Summer dessert.  It’s full of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, antioxidants, Lycopene, etc.

Enjoy the day!

What are your plans for celebrating the 4th?  

6 responses

  1. 60?!?!?! I think I may have less than 5 hot dogs a year. I must be strange…

    Also, my mom said the corn in their garden was an absolute disaster this year. Granted, it wasn’t “crop”, but it still goes to show- even the gardens that get watered are suffering this year.

  2. Lol. Totally grew up in the Midwest. I haven’t had a hot dog or watermelon in years. But I have some like… fancy… organic.. hot dog type things in my fridge right now so that’s about to chagne!!!!!

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