So we know that the Fourth of July is the day we celebrate our independence. We know Americans grill out and consume millions of hot dogs and spend a lot of money on fireworks. But, naturally there are some stuff we -at least I- definitely did NOT know. Here are five fun facts about 4th of July you can use to impress your friends at the BBQ.

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    Credit: msheldrake

    Apple Pie...Not So American

    It's safe to say you've heard the expression "As American as Apple Pie." turns out that the yummy treat originated in Europe. In fact, there's only one "breed" of apples that's native to North America.

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    Drink of Choice? Not beer.

    The biggest beer-drinking day in the U.S. is 4th of July. However, our Founding Fathers actually toasted new-found freedom with rum! George Washington even ordered a double ration of rum for soldiers on the second anniversary of our Independence.

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    Credit: Emily Churchill

    Hot Dogs and Hamburgers? Nope!

    Did you know that Americans will consume over 150 million hot dogs on 4th of July? Crazy, right? Well, that wasn't always the staple meal to celebrate Independence Day. According to The Daily Meal, folks like John Adams grubbed on turtle soup, poached salmon with egg sauce, followed by Indian pudding. I'll take a dog, please.

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    Credit: Darren Falkenberg

    2nd of July

    While the '2nd of July' just doesn't have the same ring to it, this actually might be the better day to celebrate. It turns out that July 2nd was the day that Congress actually decided to declare their Independence from Great Britain. Only two Founding Fathers signed on July 4th, 1776.

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    Credit: SamRyley

    National Holiday from the Beginning? Think again.

    So Independence Day has been a holiday since 1776, right? Wrong! While there have always been celebrations in the first week of July, it didn't actually become a holiday until 1870. Almost a century after the Declaration of Independence was signed.

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