Well, people who hate America are probably not real keen on celebrating Independence Day.
John Adams once predicted how Americans would observe Independence Day. He wrote to his wife, Abigail, that Americans would commemorate the holiday by “solemn acts of devotion to God almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shews, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of the continent to the other from this time forward forever more!”
Most Americans are planning on celebrating the holiday in the manner that Adams predicted. It is expected that 86% of Americans will be celebrating the July Fourth holiday.
It is a great day full of tradition and fun. Meat, beer, traveling and fireworks industries all cash in on the Fourth.
The statistics prove this. Americans love their beer and fireworks. It is expected that Americans will spend $1 billion on beer and fireworks.
Americans love to fire up the grills and smokers as well. CNBC reported: “In total, Americans will spend $6.7 billion on hot dogs, hamburgers and other picnic provisions, according to a separate report by the National Retail Federation, down from $6.94 billion last year. (Americans are expected to eat 150 million hot dogs just on July 4, according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council.)”
Americans are expected to spend $73 per person to celebrate Independence Day.
If you are buying clothes or other apparel with the American flag, you are breaking the law.
That’s right: If you are wearing an American flag swimsuit or hat, you are technically violating the law.
CNBC reported: “When shopping for their Independence Day outfits, consumers should also remember a little-known fact: Under the U.S. Flag Code, any clothes with the flag on it are technically illegal.
Every item of apparel that they’re wearing that has an American flag on it — shirt, shorts, bikini, hat — technically is in violation of the Flag Code, said Marc Leepson, author of “Flag: An American Biography.”
The U.S. Flag Code says that “the flag should never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever.” In the District of Columbia, a flag being printed, painted, attached or otherwise placed as a representation on any article of merchandise for the purposes of advertising is a misdemeanor, can lead to a fine of $100 or imprisonment of less than 30 days.
Basically, Leepson said, the image of the flag shouldn’t be used on any commercial items, including apparel.
Before you go hiding all your patriotic gear, fear not … this law is rarely, if ever, enforced.
Enjoy your holiday, and drink responsibly. Happy Independence Day!