Things You (Probably) Don't Know About the Fourth of July
"The day will be the most memorable in the history of America," wrote John Adams in 1776. People will honor it with parades, fireworks and celebrations, he added.
Adams was talking about the second of July.
That is the day the Continental Congress voted in support of independence from the British. But the date written on the Declaration of Independence is July 4. So, since 1776, Americans have celebrated July 4 as the country's Independence Day.
And July 2? Not so much.
Patriotic to the end
Several early presidents of the United States died on July 4. They include John Adams, who became the second president.
Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the country's third president, both died on the country's 50th anniversary of Independence Day.
James Monroe, the fifth U.S. president, died on July 4, 1831.
And the 30th president, Calvin Coolidge, was born on July 4.
Amazing? Or disgusting?
Most Americans celebrate Independence Day with barbecues, parades and, yes, fireworks. But a few celebrate by eating all the hot dogs they can.
Since the early 1970s, a restaurant called Nathan's Famous has organized a competition to see who can eat the most hot dogs in a short time. The event is now shown on sports broadcaster ESPN. It includes a women's competition and a men's event. Both are held in New York City, in an area called Coney Island.
In 10 years, Joey Chestnut has won the men's contest nine times. In 2016, he set a record at the competition by eating 70 hot dogs in 10 minutes.
The 2016 women's winner, Miki Sudo, has won in each of the past three years. In 2016, she ate 38 (and a half) hot dogs.
Sudo and Chestnut each won a $10,000 prize.
Where do those fireworks come from?
Let's go back to those fireworks, probably the most common image related to Independence Day. Americans really, really love fireworks. The American Pyrotechnic Association – "pyrotechnic" is another word for "fireworks" – reported that Americans spent $825 million on fireworks last year.
Where do many of our fireworks come from? China.
By the way, we also import most of our American flags from China, too.
Happy Independence Day!
I'm Kelly Jean Kelly.
1.go back to 返回
I now look forward to going back to work as soon as possible.
2.set a record 创下记录
She set a record which nobody else can remotely approach.
3.related to 与...有关
Light industry is closely related to agriculture.
4.to the end 直到最后
The pilot taxied the plane to the end of the runway.
1.That is the day the Continental Congress voted in support of independence from the British.
in support of 支持
They are raising a fund in support of this good cause.
We must produce evidence in support of our theory.
2.By the way, we also import most of our American flags from China, too.
By the way 顺便...
By the way, I'm your number-one fan.
I'm wearing odd socks today by the way.
1776年，约翰·亚当斯写下了“这一天将成为美国史上最难忘的一天” 。他还表示，人们会通过游行、烟花和庆祝活动来纪念这一天 。
大陆会议就是在这一天投票支持美国脱离英国的 。但是《独立宣言》上写的日期是7月4日 。因此，自1776年以来，美国人将7月4日作为独立日来庆祝 。
亚当斯和美国第三任总统托马斯·杰斐逊（Thomas Jefferson）都是在美国独立50周年纪念日当天逝世的 。
1831年7月4日，美国第五任总统詹姆斯·门罗（James Monroe）去世 。
而美国第三十任总统卡尔文·柯立芝(Calvin Coolidge)在7月4日出生 。
大多数美国人在独立日会进行烧烤、游行和烟花表演来庆祝这一节日 。但是也有少数人通过比赛吃热狗来庆祝 。
20世纪70年代以来， Nathan's Famous 餐厅都会在当天举办比赛——谁在最短时间内吃下的热狗最多 。该比赛通过ESPN体育电视台播出 。比赛分为女子组和男子组，两组比赛都在纽约市的科尼岛举办 。
乔伊·切斯纳特（Joey Chestnut）在10年里共赢得9次男子组比赛冠军 。2016年，他在10分钟内吃下70个热狗创下比赛的最高记录 。
2016年女子组冠军米基·须藤(Miki Sudo)在过去三年都获得了冠军 。2016年，她吃下了38.5个热狗 。
我们再来谈谈烟花 。烟花可能是独立日最常见的庆祝场景 。美国人真的很喜欢烟花 。去年，美国烟花协会在烟花方面的开销为8亿2千5百万美元 。