29 things you should know about July 4

Published: Jul 03 2013 02:26:11 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 04 2014 02:00:00 AM EDT

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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    On this day: December 21

    The Pilgrims land on Plymouth Rock, the first crossword puzzle is published, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" premieres, Gen. Patton dies, and Elvis visits Nixon at the White House, all on this day.