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Fun Fourth Facts

Published 11:16am Wednesday, June 27, 2012

With the Fourth of July just around the corner, I thought I would share some Independence Day Trivia.

There are 30 places nationwide with “liberty” in their name. Eleven places in the United States have the name Independence, while there are only five with the name Freedom and only one with the name Patriot.

It is widely believed that Betsy Ross sewed the first American Flag, but any idea who is credited for designing it? Answer: Francis Hopkinson, congressman from New Jersey

How many people were living in the colonies in 1776? Answer: 2.5 million

What is the estimated number of Fourth of July cookouts? Answer: 150 million

What is the dollar amount of fireworks imported into the United States? Answer: $211 million

How tall is the Statue of Liberty? Answer: 151 feet

When was the first public Fourth of July held at the White House? Answer: 1804

When did congress declare the Fourth of July a federal holiday? Answer: 1941

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