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Happy 4th of July!
updated: Jul 04, 2014, 10:00 AM

By the Dedicated Staff of edhat.com

It's that time of year where BBQ's and fireworks sweep across the nation. Most people are excited for a 3- day weekend and will be hitting the beaches of Santa Barbara for sun, fun, and more importantly to reserve a space for the 9pm West Beach fireworks.


(Original photo courtesy City of Santa Barbara)

A Huffington Post article from last year shared 10 fun facts about the 4th of July that you probably didn't know. Here are a few that caught our eye:

1. The 2nd of July might actually be the appropriate date to mark this holiday.

"The fact is that John Adams wrote home to Abigail on the 3rd that this day, July 2nd will go down in history," said author Kenneth C. Davis. "... Congress actually ruled it in favor of independence on July 2. But it was two days later, of course, that Congress then accepted Jefferson's declaration, explaining the vote two days before that really got fixed in the America's imagination as our birthday. July 2nd should be Independence Day."

2. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on July 4, 1826. Coincidence or not?

3. Noted as the biggest hot dog holiday of the year Americans reportedly consume about 155 million of them on Independence Day alone.

4. Some historians state that turtle soup was the celebratory meal of choice in 1776, not hot dogs.

5. Due to concerns about cracking the iconic instrument, the Liberty Bell has not been rung since 1846. Instead, every year, to mark the Fourth of July, the 2,000-pound bell is tapped 13 times to signal for bells across the country to start ringing.

View the full list on HuffingtonPost.com

4th Events Today

  • Rancho La Patera and Stow House will hold its 40th annual old fashioned 4th of July Celebration from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • The Goleta Elks Lodge at 150 N. Kellogg Avenue has its annual 4th of July Elks Family Fun Fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. They offer a great BBQ and games for all ages with Bingo.
  • 52nd annual 4th of July Parade: The grand march begins at 1:00 p.m. at Micheltorena Street and proceeds down State Street to Old Town Santa Barbara, concluding at Cota Street.
  • Free Concert at the Courthouse Sunken Gardens at 5 p.m. performed by the West Coast Symphony Orchestra
  • The Goleta Rotary Clubs 17th annual 4th of July Fireworks Festivities at Girsh Park starts at 4 p.m. with fireworks at 9 p.m.
  • Independence Day Fireworks Show beginning at 9pm at West Beach.


    Photo by Mark McDonald from the 2013 parade.

     

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