Think you know Independence Day?
The 4th of July is the perfect opportunity to show off your barbecue skills, wear your most patriotic apparel, and post too many fireworks videos to your Instagram. But how much do you actually know about America's declaration of independence? Even though it's been celebrated for nearly 244 years, the history and traditions of Independence Day are often forgotten and even totally unknown. If you don't know how President Zachary Taylor died or what started the Great Fire of 1866 in Portland Maine, then you should study up on some 4th of July facts.
As America evolves, Independence Day celebrations continue to change as well. The end of the Civil War in 1865 changed the definition of freedom. Increased immigration in the 20th century changed the definition of American. From historical events to wild statistics, here are 16 facts about the 4th of July that will change the way you see the holiday.