It’s in the air, kid! It’s in the air! You can’t stop anything that’s in the air!

Hi love, I don’t know about you, but we at The Salonniere are getting mighty excited about the country’s biggest party of the year, July 4th, America’s birthday. But, guess what, doll? For the first 15 or 20 years after the Declaration of Independence was signed, people didn’t celebrate it. Imagine if people ignored your birthday? You see the problem was that the Federalists thought the Declaration of Independence was too French and too anti-British and they didn’t want to make merry about it. Believe it or not, it wasn’t until 1870, almost a hundred years after the Declaration of Independence was signed, that Congress declared July 4th a national holiday.

To celebrate America’s birthday, we decided to conduct one of our Party Polls to find out what most Americans will wish for when they blow out their own birthday candles this year. We asked more than 600 men and women nationwide and our top findings are pos-i-lute-ly surprising.

Most of those queried – 35 percent of men and 27 percent of women – said they will close their eyes and wish for something good to happen to someone else. That’s right, doll. We’re clearly a nation of givers. Twenty-nine percent will ask for a year of happiness, 28 percent will wish for a year of good health and 10 percent will hope for more money or a specific item like an iPhone. Two percent – mostly women – said they will wish for world peace.

One thing we know people won’t be wishing for this year is a surprise party. According to the survey, 51 percent of people said they would not like to be the subject of a surprise party. Women are particularly resistant to the idea with almost 60 percent saying they would not welcome the gesture.

Happy 238th birthday, America! You don’t look a day over 200, sugar.

Top photo: Ava Gardner
Quote: Yankee Doodle Dandy, 1942

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