It’s hard to believe, but July is already here and half of 2012 has already passed! July 4th was yesterday, and our team thought it would be fun to share some facts about our country’s independence day.
• Betsy Ross, according to legend, sewed the first American flag in May or June 1776, as commissioned by the Congressional Committee.
• The major objection to being ruled by Britain was taxation without representation. The colonists had no say in the decisions of English Parliament.
• The word ‘patriotism’ comes from the Latin patria, which means ‘homeland’ or ‘fatherland.’
• The first public Fourth of July event at the White House occurred in 1804.
• And what could be more fitting than spending the day in a place called “America”? There are five such places in the country, with the most populous being American Fork, Utah, with 21,941 residents. Check out American Fact Finder.
How did you celebrate Independence Day? Let us know in the comments below or on our Facebook page. We hope you all had a fun and safe holiday!