To celebrate Independence Day, the founder of is inviting funeral professionals throughout the country to make plans to enjoy some Philadelphia Freedom at Funeral IQ, Sept. 20, at the Live! Casino & Hotel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Thomas Parmalee, who is hosting the event with Michael Schimmel, the CEO of Sympathy Brands, also shared a special offer in this video message — one that allows those who want to network and learn in one of America’s most historic cities to do so at an incredible price.

As per the video, Parmalee said if you Enter Promo Code “FIQ24VIP100” at online checkout, you can celebrate the holiday by saving $100 off the regular price.

We invite you to watch the video with all the details — and you also might be interested in some of these fun facts about Independence Day — some of which are relevant to Philadelphia, where Funeral IQ is being held:

The Declaration of Independence wasn’t signed on July 4.

The document was formally dated, finalized and adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, but the official vote to declare independence was actually on July 2, which is the day John Adams always thought America should celebrate.

We eat a huge number of hot dogs on the holiday.

The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council (yes, such a council exists!) estimated that we eat about 150 million hot dogs while celebrating the holiday — and that number is several years old.

Three presidents have died, and one was born, on the Fourth of July.

Most people know that Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both died on July 4, 1826 — exactly 50 years after the Declaration of Independence was adopted. But did you now that James Monroe—the nation’s fifth president — died just a few years later on July 4, 1831. Only one president, however, can claim to have been born on July 4, which is our nation’s 30th commander-in-chief, Calvin Coolidge, who was born July 4, 1872.

Changing the wording.

Before he Thomas Jefferson changed the wording to “the pursuit of happiness,” it read “the pursuit of property.”

Youngest and Oldest Signers

Thomas Lynch Jr. was just 27 and he signed it. The oldest signer was Ben Franklin, age 70.

The First

The Pennsylvania Evening Post was the first newspaper to print the Declaration of Independence.

Philadelphia Freedom

The city of Philadelphia was the first city to observe the Fourth of July in 1777 with a parade, thirteen-shot cannon salute and fireworks.

A Gathering in Philadelphia

Descendants of the signers gather in the city every July 4 at the Liberty Bell — they tap it 13 times in recognition of the 13 original colonies.

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