Fun facts about the fourth

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   • Three of America’s first five presidents died on July 4. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died just hours apart on July 4, 1826. James Monroe died in 1831.

   • Calvin Coolidge, the 30th president, was born on July 4, 1872,

   • Boston was the first city to designate a Fourth of July holiday in 1783.

   • On July 4, 1884, the French presented the Statue of Liberty. It took four months to assemble the 151-foot tall statue, which was shipped from Paris in hundreds of pieces.

   • July 4th was not declared a national holiday until 1941.

   • The stars on the original American flag were sewn in a circle so all of the colonies would appear equal.

   • Approximately 150 million hot dogs are consumed on July 4. One-third of all the hot dogs produced in the U.S. are produced in Iowa.