Scrolling through social media, it’s hard to miss the happy faces draped in American flags, the colourful skies painted with fireworks and the groups of children with stars in their eyes, dressed in red white and blue. At the British Hamper HQ we’re trying very hard not to get too envious of all the American’s celebrating their wonderful national holiday today.
Fourth of July, also known as Independence Day, marks the birth of America and also honors the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.
DID YOU KNOW In 1776, there were just 2.5 million people living in the new nation. Today the population of the U.S.A. is 316 million.
It’s America’s biggest secular holiday, a huge celebration of fabulous firework displays, BBQs in the sunshine, warm apple pies and numerous patriotic parades and concerts – definitely the day you wish you were American!
We have been busy sending out hampers all across the States this week, for Fourth of July celebrations, from New York to Nevada and from looking at all the heartfelt gift card messages, it looks as though everyone is planning some sort of wonderful celebration.
DID YOU KNOW Approximately 150 million hot dogs and 700 million pounds of chicken are consumed on this day.
It’s celebrated hugely, in so many different ways, in each State, from annual parades in Los Angeles, to concerts and orchestral performances in Boston and unbeatable firework displays in Washington.
There are also smaller events, from rodeos to a candle festival, dances to bonfires, community picnics to baseball games, and in Brooklyn they host a famous hot dog eating contest.
DID YOU KNOW The highest number eaten in 10 minutes is an astonishing 70!!
We may be a few thousand miles away from our good friends in the States, but it will not stop us celebrating with a perfect American style BBQ this evening, complete with hot dogs (maybe not quite 70!), corn on the cob and apple pie!
Don’t forget, if you would like to send a luxury hamper to the States, we can deliver it within just 4 days using our tracked, reputable courier! Choose from over 20 different gifts!
Happy Independence Day America!