EXAIR Wishes You a Happy Independence Day

Independence Day

Every year on the 4th of July, Americans celebrate Independence Day with family, cook outs, parades and of course fireworks.  It is time to rejoice and reflect on how our nation began in 1776 by declaring our independence from British rule.  Did you know the United States of America started with 13 states? Here are some other interesting facts about Independence Day:

  • John Hancock was the only person that signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776. The 55 other people signed afterwards.
  • The average age of the signers of the Declaration of Independence was 45. The oldest was Benjamin Franklin at the age of 70.
  • Only two of the signers later became President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. They both died on July 4th, 1826.
  • Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President, was born on July 4th, 1872.
  • Benjamin Franklin suggested the turkey as the national bird, but was overruled to make it the bald eagle.
  • Every 4th of July, the Liberty Bell is tapped, not rung, thirteen times in honor of the original 13 states. I can’t blame them, it has a crack in it.
  • July 4th was declared a holiday in 1870, 94 years after the declaration.
  • Americans consume about 155 million hot dogs on Independence Day, the biggest hot dog holiday of the year. (And it is one of my favorite foods)
  • Fireworks were first used to celebrate the 4th of July in 1777 in Philadelphia.

I hope you enjoyed this read, and from the EXAIR family to your family, we want to wish you a wonderful 4th of July. EXAIR Will be closed on July 4, 2017.

John Ball
Application Engineer

Email: johnball@exair.com
Twitter: @EXAIR_jb


Photo: Happy 4th of July by Karson Designs.  Creative Commons 2.0

An Independence Day Blog

The flags are flying in my neighborhood, again, just like they do the first week of July every year. As I wrote a while back, this is indeed a time for celebration…one of my neighbors throws a pool party every Fourth of July, complete with food, drink, fireworks, and entertainment: this year, he’s arranged for a real-live Elvis impersonator, confirming, once again, that I live in the best neighborhood EVER.


The Fourth of July, also known as Independence Day, commemorates the day when a group of brave patriots publicized their names in a Declaration, telling the world exactly who the British would be hanging, should their rebellion fail. A brave act indeed, considering a large contingent of the world’s most powerful army, with a fair amount of recent combat experience, was on their way. But it didn’t fail, and the rest, as they say, is (literally) our history.

Yesterday, at our monthly “all hands” meeting, EXAIR recognized the veterans in our company. I’m proud to be counted among these folks, and was humbled by the company’s appreciation for our service, and our contribution to defending our country’s independence.


It’s no coincidence that the country that developed the universally accepted model of independence has also led the world in innovation…technical, industrial, artistic, and the list goes on. The individual freedoms detailed in the Bill of Rights have provided very fertile ground for these advances, and EXAIR is a superb example of how it’s done. For thirty years, the people of EXAIR have worked to create the best line of compressed air products on the market, and I’m happy to be a part of it.

EXAIR will be closed tomorrow as we celebrate the Fourth of July and we hope you have a great day!

Russ Bowman
Application Engineer
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