10 Fourth of July Facts Worth Knowing

We all know the “Pledge of Allegiance” and can sing “The Star Spangled Banner” by heart, but here are some facts that you might not know about our nation’s history.

Take a few minutes to learn these facts — you’ll sound like the smartest person at your Fourth of July cookout! ūüėČ

  • In July 1776, the estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation was 2.5. This Fourth of July, the United States population is estimated to be 316 million.
  • 56 men signed the Declaration of Independence.
  • Three U.S. presidents actually died on July 4. Two of them passed away within hours of each other on July 4, 1826: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. The two had been political rivals and then friends later in life. The other to share the distinction was James Monroe, who died July 4, 1831.
  • Charles Carroll, who represented Maryland, was the last surviving member of the signers of the Declaration. He died in 1832 at the age of 95. Carroll County, Md., named for him, had an estimated population of 167,217 as of July 1, 2012.
  • The Declaration of Independence wasn‚Äôt signed on July 4, 1776. Most of the delegates signed it on August 2, 1776.
  • July 4 was officially declared a holiday in 1870, nearly one hundred years after the Declaration of Independence was written.
  • Currently, the oldest Independence Day celebration in the U.S. is held in Bristol, Rhode Island.
  • Several countries used the Declaration of Independence as a beacon in their own struggles for freedom. Among them, France. Then later, Greece, Poland, Russia and many countries in South America.
  • The “Star Spangled Banner” wasn’t written until Francis Scott Key wrote a poem stemming from observations in 1814, when the British relentlessly attacked Baltimore’s Fort McHenry during the War of 1812. It was later put to music, though not decreed the official national anthem of the United States until 1931.
  • The American Pyrotechnics Association (APA) estimates that more than 14,000 fireworks displays light up U.S. skies each Fourth of July.

Fourth Of July Desserts to Try This Year

Fourth of July is the perfect holiday for firing up the grill, sipping on ice-cold drinks, and laying on a blanket to watch a spectacular fireworks display.

But what’s a holiday without sweets?!

We’ve searched and found five different Fourth of July themed desserts that are delicious and guaranteed to impress your friends and family. Plus, making themed desserts is always more fun!

What traditional dishes or desserts does your family serve on the Fourth of July? Share in the comments section below.

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Berry Patchwork Tart from Better Homes & Gardens.
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Patriotic Caramel Corn from A Farmgirl’s Dabbles.
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Patriotic Watermelon & Feta from Wenderly.
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Marshmallow Pops from Sweet Treats and More.
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Fourth of July Rice Krispie Treats from Lil’ Luna.
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Where to Watch Fireworks at the Lake of the Ozarks

Thinking about heading to the Lake of the Ozarks for the Fourth of July?

If so, you won’t want to miss out on the fantastic fireworks displays throughout the area. Below is a list of some of the displays you can check out. Check back frequently as we’ll add new locations as we hear about them.¬†Also, don’t forget to book your stay at one of our gorgeous properties. Hurry…they go quickly this time of year!

Bear Bottom Resort – July 4 & 6 (at 9:30pm) – Take the whole family to Bear Bottom to cool off on their many water slides, then stay for fireworks in the evening! They are located in Sunrise Beach. Click here for directions.

Captain Ron’s – July 5 – Captain Ron’s is a staple at the Lake of the Ozarks. During the day,¬†lay out on the beach, take a stroll along Treasure Pass, or just hang out with your friends at the Tiki Bar. Once the sun sets, enjoy a stunning fireworks display.

Old Kinderhook – July 6 (6 – 9:30pm) – Soak up beautiful fireworks at Old Kinderhook’s Fireworks Fun Fest! They’ll have live music from The Boomchuks, along with bounce houses, face painting, flows, balloon artists, and a beer garden for the adults. The show starts at dusk. They are located at 20 Eagle Ridge Road in Camdenton. Click here for directions.

Seven Springs Winery РJuly 6 РSeven Springs Winery and Vineyards sits atop 160 acres of rolling Missouri foothills between Camdenton and Osage Beach. The winery is less than a 10 minute drive from either location. The covered porch and patio area are ideal for enjoying a glass of wine and admiring the beautiful views. Come out and enjoy the 2nd Annual Fireworks at Seven Springs. Click here for direction.

Lake of the Ozarks: Travel Headlines You Might Have Missed

Just a few more days of work and then a few days or even a week off for the Fourth of July!! ¬†We are gearing up for the Fourth at the Lake of the Ozarks. ¬†Here is this week’s Travel Headlines and Tips. ¬†Whether you’re coming to the lake or going elsewhere for the holiday, please travel safe and have a great time!

Where to see fireworks at the Lake of the Ozarks – Lake West Chamber

Five great Fourth of July Barbecue games – Yahoo Voices

July 4th Food and Drink Ideas – ABC News

Tips for keeping your suitcase safe – MSNBC Travel Tips

Southwest plans for LIVE TV on planes – Associated Press

10 excellent outdoor adventures for families – USA Today Travel

Last Minute Trip? Here’s A Discount for You!

Some trips are planned weeks or even months in advance.

Others are spontaneous, much-needed getaways. ¬†If you’re in this second category, we’ve got a discount for you!

Receive an automatic 10 percent off your stay when you book within 72 hours of coming down to the lake.

Are you still considering a trip for the Fourth of July next week?

Check out a list of properties that are still available!