Break out the fireworks, the hot dogs, the grill, and the cold beverages! It's time to celebrate the creation of our great nation and the meaning of America! It’s the Fourth of July! Although we all know about how our nation came to be, there are some unfamiliar and unusual facts about this special U.S. holiday. Landers Toyota NWA in Rogers, AR, though it would be interesting to share these odd facts about our Independence Day. And when you're ready to celebrate the purchase of a new Toyota or great used vehicle, come see us for the best deals on wheels anywhere in Northwest Arkansas! 


1. The Founding Fathers were relatively young. A youthful 45 was the average age among the signers of the Declaration of Independence, with Thomas Lynch Jr. and Edward Rutledge of South Carolina clocking in at only 26 years old. Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania was the oldest signer at the age of 70 years.


2. Only two signers actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4: John Hancock and Secretary of Congress Charles Thomson. The other 54 signed on August 2. 


3. Richard Stockton, a lawyer from New Jersey, was the only signer of the Declaration of Independence to recant his support of the revolution. He did this after he was captured by the British in November 1776 and thrown in jail.


4. July 4th wasn't recognized as a federal holiday until 1870, close to a 100 years after the nation was founded.


5. U.S. President Calvin Coolidge, was born on July 4, as well as former longtime owner of the New York Yankees George Steinbrenner– and Malia Obama, daughter of former U.S. President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama.


6. Three U.S. presidents have died on July 4: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe. Coincidently, Adams and Jefferson both died within five hours of each other on July 4, 1826, the fiftieth anniversary of our country.


7. 150 million hot dogs are consumed on the Fourth of July each year. 


8. Americans spend more than $1 billion on fireworks each year for the fourth of July. 


8. Anyone who wears a flag t-shirt, beach towel, shorts, headband, or any other item that is representative of the U.S. flag as apparel is in violation of the 4 U.S. Code §?8, otherwise known as the U.S. Flag Code.


If you want to start off your Independence Day with a bang, come and test drive one of our new Toyota models. The perfect way to arrive at any celebration is in a new Toyota. Have a safe and happy 4th of July!



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