July 4th is the best time to get together with family and friends for outdoor games, fireworks, BBQ's and other celebrations in honor of our country's independence. Here are some extraordinary facts and historical tidbits about some of our country's traditions and symbols, from our team at Varghese Orthodontics. Enjoy :)
The Statue of Liberty
With a torch in one hand and a tablet in the other, the Statue of Liberty is one of the most iconic and recognizable symbols throughout our country's history. As recognizable as some parts of the statue are, not many recognize the broken shackles on Lady Liberty. These broken shackles represent oppression and tyranny, which lay at Lady Liberty's feet. According to the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, the copper-plated lady weighs 450,000 tons and has been holding her torch for more than 125 years.
Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest
Believe it or not, since 1916, people have been gathering at Coney Island every year on July 4th to witness what is called the "Super Bowl of competitive eating." Nathan's Hot Dog Eating contest challenges competitors to chow down as many hot dogs as possible in just 10 minutes. The current record holder devoured 68 hot dogs! This event is so huge, ESPN has been broadcasting this contest for several years now, so you can watch it comfortably from your home.
The perfect ending to a great July 4th celebration is the much anticipated gorgeous display of fireworks. Many know these brilliant displays were most likely originated from the Chinese culture. Many historians also believe that fireworks were stumbled upon when the Chinese roasted bamboo sticks over fires and watched them explode. After many years of roasting these bamboo sticks, a group of alchemists created an early form of gunpowder, which they stuffed into the bamboo sticks to create an even more powerful explosion, paving the way for today's elaborate displays.
Whatever you are planning this holiday weekend, Dr. Varghese and our entire team wish everyone a safe and fun-filled Fourth of July Celebration! Happy 4th :)