29 things you should know about July 4

Posted: 2:26 PM EDT Jul 03, 2013   Updated: 2:00 AM EDT Jul 04, 2014

From who actually signed the Declaration of Independence to how much BBQ Americans eat, here's what you should know about the Fourth of July.

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