What's America up to this Fourth of July

Hoang NguyenData Journalist
June 30, 2017, 7:12 PM GMT+0

1 in 4 Americans still have to work on Independence Day

The Fourth of July is just around the corner and here’s what Americans are thinking as they prepare for the nation’s 241st birthday.

Though it’s the start of summer break for many schools, YouGov thought it would be fun to take one last history quiz. When asked which, if any, historical events took place on July 4th, 1776, 74% of US adults believe that the day marks the signing of the Declaration of Independence. 22% say the United States was born on that day and 6% think the Revolutionary War began then.

In actuality, the Revolutionary War began a year before, in 1775, and the Fourth is the day the final draft of the Declaration of Independence was completed. It wasn’t until two months later on August 2nd that it was signed. The answers ring true, though, that July 4th was the day the 13 colonies officially embraced America’s independence from Great Britain.

YouGov also asked if respondents have to work this year on the holiday and 26% of Americans will either have to work a full or partial day. Of the age groups, 38% of Millennials say they will have to come into work while many older respondents will be able to enjoy the holiday (76%).

So what are most Americans going to do on their day off? 45% of them will be barbecuing and 39% plan to attend a fireworks show. However, 28% of the country still doesn’t have any specific plans for the Fourth of July this year, so try to invite a fellow neighbor, coworker, friend, or family member to your patriotic festivities.