July4_bostonThe city of Sanford has gained some attention in recent years for its impressive July 4 fireworks displays, but organizers will have their work cut out for them if they plan to match the “longest” string of firecrackers.

Liuyang City, China claims that title. Though officials from Guinness World Records declined to verify the feat, organizers set off a 20-kilometer (about 12.5 miles) string of firecrackers that stretched from Dayao Town to Liuyang City, where China’s biggest firecracker producers are located.

It took 68 minutes for the entire string to detonate and cost 800,000 yuan or about $107,000.

Of course, July 4 is not all about fireworks. There is the matter of America’s independence.

Did you know?

  • The Declaration of Independence was approved by the Second Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, although the signing of the document was not complete until August 1776. The document was really a marketing piece designed to influence public opinion.
  • The actual declaration of the colonies’ freedom and independence from England occurred on July 2, 1776, when the Second Continental Congress voted in favor of Richard Henry Lee’s motion to break ties with Great Britain.
  • Although Americans have celebrated Independence Day since 1776, it was not a legal holiday until 1941.
  • The Declaration of Independence was signed by 56 men.