Happy 4th of July!

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Happy 4th of July to all of my readers here in the States! I know that for many of my non-American readers, today is just like any other normal day and you will go about your normal daily routine. Since I am taking the day off I thought that I would share this nice little infographic I came across that offers a few silly statistics in relation to the Holiday, like the lack of historical awareness about the Holiday. Celebrating our independence as a country means different things to different people and to the Frugal Rules home it means being thankful for what we have been blessed with and thankful to those who have served our country to make our freedoms possible. I suppose we’ll be celebrating the 4th of July holiday like other Americans and having a BBQ with some friends and enjoying a cold brew or two. After that, the kids will get the pleasure of watching Dad be silly and shoot off as many fireworks as possible…something I am not frugal with. If you’re planning on shooting fireworks off tonight, I do encourage you to do it as safely as possible and if you will be drinking please be wise and do not drink and drive.

How will you be celebrating the 4th of July Holiday? What stood out to you most on this infographic?

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  • It’s funny because so many people don’t know anything about the country they live in. So today is a beer drinking, grilling day… well.. enjoy it my friend and have one for me.

    • John says:

      I agree Mr. CBB! My undergrad is in history and it drives me nuts to see how so many know so little about our history. I’d understand if our country was older – but it’s not. That said, I’ll enjoy the grilling & a beer or two today. 😉

  • Nice infographic and happy 4th. I think this will be a quiet, relaxing one for the two of us. Our son has to work today (open house at the summer camp at he works) and our local daughter is visiting a friend out of town. Did (sort of) see the fireworks up in Milwaukee last night while waiting to see the Go Gos perform, mostly just flashes of light in the dense fog. Will be grilling some burgers though at some point. Enjoy the 4th with your family.

  • Happy fourth of July from Canada! Interesting infographic!

  • We just had a holiday, too, in Canada. I used to live so close to the border that we’d get to see some 4th of July fireworks every year. Have a good holiday!

  • Have a good time over there! To us it is just another day – unless you watch the markets of course!

  • 2 things stood out to me here: 1, that only 58% of the people know the year we declared our independence (WTH????????) and 2, that 3 of our founding fathers died on July 4th. That is profound to me, especially since no president since has died on that day. Have we lost something as a country? Weird, but just something I think about. We are having a mellow day here at home this year. Way too much work lately for the Frugal Farmer family. Have a great day, FR family 🙂

    • John says:

      I know Laurie! My undergrad is in History and I grew up in Virginia – surrounded by Colonial & Civil War history. It drives me nuts that so few of us know some of our basic history. But, what can you do?! It is also crazy about the President’s who died on the 4th. What is humorous about that is that Adams and Jefferson were no fans of the other. Hope you have a great rest of the day Laurie, my favorite part of the day is only a few hours away – Fireworks!! 🙂

  • Maybe it’s because I grew up with a history major as a parent, but these stats surprise me! How 25% of people not know which country we declared our independence from? Interesting tidbit: Adam’s last words were, “Thomas Jefferson survives.” In reality, he had died just earlier that day.

    • John says:

      I agree. My undergrad is in History and it always drives me nuts. I LOVE that Adams quote, it gives a little insight to our Founding Father’s minds.

  • Very interesting facts. I heard that the 4th of July is the most-barbequed day of the year (meaning, the day that most people barbeque). It’s crazy that some presidents were born/died on July 4, too!

  • Buck Inspire says:

    Hope you had a great BBQ and fireworks display! Interesting tidbits about the 4th of July. Shocked to see that we lost three presidents on that day. All topped off with a professional eater wolfing down 69 hotdogs in 10 minutes!

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