4th of July: Events and Fun Facts


Food, freedom, and fireworks. Independence Day is the highlight of summer for many. Grilling out, waving red, white, and blue, and gathering the kids to go watch the night sky light up with crackles and pops. Check out these 4th of July fun facts you may not have heard before!




The Declaration of Independence had signers of all ages. The youngest to sign was Edward Rutledge at age 26. The oldest, Ben Franklin at 70 years old.



Independence Day did not become an official Federal Holiday until 1870.




John Adams and Thomas Jefferson passed away on the same day, July 4th, 1826.




Around 155 MILLION hot dogs are consumed on the 4th of July.




Americans spend $600 MILLION on fireworks every year.




There are over 14,000 fireworks displays across the United States.





Don’t miss your chance to celebrate America’s Independence at Salute to Freedom at the Mt. Vernon Outland Airport. Gates open at 5 p.m. on July 4th and admission is FREE.


Come hungry for BBQ, kettle corn, cotton candy, funnel cakes, lemon shake-ups, ribbon fries, corn dogs, pretzels, and more concessions. Kids can enjoy pay-to-play laser tag and inflatables. Country artist, Patch Lee, will perform at 7 p.m. Fireworks will begin at dusk.*

For safety concerns, sparklers and other consumer fireworks are prohibited on airport grounds.



Plan on purchasing or displaying fireworks yourself? First, you have to obtain a consumer fireworks permit. Attend Consumer Fireworks Training June 30th or July 2nd from 10- 11:30 a.m. at the Mt. Vernon Municipal West Building, 200 Potomac Blvd. The training will cover the state law pertaining to fireworks, the City of Mt. Vernon ordinance, and the safe handling and display of consumer fireworks. Class space is limited to 18, so schedule your training today by calling Lt. Aaron Shook of the MVFD at (618) 242-6835.


Be safe this July 4th as you celebrate America’s Salute to Freedom!