Facts About the USA
The 13 Colonies were
1801- The first public Fourth of July reception at the White
1804- The first Fourth of July celebration west of the
Mississippi occurred at Independence Creek and was celebrated by
Meriwether Lewis and William Clark
1805- Boston has its first fireworks display; in Charleston,
S.C., the American Revolution Society and the Society of the
Cincinnati meet at St. Philips Church
1876- Centennial celebrations (many are three-day celebrations,
3-5 July) occur throughout the United States and abroad
1884- The formal presentation of the Statue of Liberty takes
place in the Gauthier workshop in Paris
1887- First Fourth of July celebration in Yellowstone National
Park takes place
1912- The new national flag with 48 stars is "formally and
1926- The 150th Anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of
Independence takes place throughout the nation
1960- The 50th-star American flag waves for the first time as
Hawaii is given statehood
1976- The nation's Bicentennial occurs.
Betsy Ross sewed it, but who designed the first U.S. flag? The
answer, according to the experts at the Betsy Ross house, is
that it was possibly designed by Francis Hopkinson, a New Jersey
delegate to the Continental Congress and a signer of the
Declaration of Independence.
The stars on the flag were in a circle so that no one colony
would be viewed above another. It is reported that George
Washington said, "Let the 13 stars in a circle stand as a new
constellation in the heavens."
Betsy Ross prayed in the pew next to George Washington and was a
niece of George Ross, so it's not hard to believe that the
members of the Flag Committee formed by the Continental Congress
would call upon Betsy Ross to make the flag.
Did you know that the words "Under God" weren't added until 1954
to the Pledge of Allegiance?
One lucky Philadelphian purchased a $4.00 picture at a flea
market. What they found behind the picture was an original 1776
printing of the Declaration of Independence. It was sold to TV
producer Norman Lear for 8.1 million.
Every 4th of July the Liberty Bell is tapped - not actually
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