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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