Fun Fourth Of July Facts

As you are busy this weekend with family and friends celebrating the birth of our nation, I thought I’d share a little 4th of July trivia that will make you the hit of the party!

On this day
in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental
Congress, beginning the journey of freedom for the thirteen colonies. This holiday will be be marked
by parades, fireworks, and backyard barbecues across the country.

Did you know there are 30 places nationwide that have “liberty” in their name!

The one with the largest population (26,232)  is Liberty, Missouri.  Iowa’s claim to fame is that it has more of these places than any other state:
(Libertyville, New Liberty, North Liberty and West Liberty).

  • Eleven places
    have “independence” in their name.  Independence, Missouri, with 113,288 residents, is the most populous.

  • Five places
    adopted the name “freedom.” Among these, Freedom, California,
    with 6,000 residents, has the largest population.

  • There is only one place named “patriot” — Patriot, Indiana,
    with a population of 202.

  • And believe it or not, there really is a place called
    “America”! There are actually five such places in the US, the largest  being American Fork, Utah,
    with 21,941 residents.

Answers from yesterday’s quiz:

1. Four.

2. O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave (it’s the last line of each verse).

3. Francis Scott Key.

4. The bald eagle.

5. The Chinese invented them much the same way they constructed rockets for war.

6. The preferred way to fold the flag to show respect is to fold it into the shape of a triangle.

7. The ground or water.

8. 1941.

9. The 30th president, Calvin Coolidge

10. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams.

BONUS: Fifty-six.


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