1. Iowa has more places with ‘liberty’ in its name than any other state (there are      31 places nationwide). There are also places with ‘freedom’, ‘independence’ and ‘patriot’.
  2. Only  John Hancock actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4,      1776. All the others signed later.
  3. President Calvin Coolidge was born on July 4, 1872.
  4. Only 2.5 million people lived in the US in 1776, about 314 million live here now.
  5. Barbecue is big on Independence Day, with more than 74 million Americans planning one. We eat around 150 million hot dogs and buy around 700 million pounds of chicken.
  6. Fireworks are traditional on July 4th, but these were actually invented in China.      The US imported $232.3 million worth of fireworks in 2011.
  7. The      US imports about $3.6 million of American flags each year, most of them      from China. (There should be a law against this!!!)
  8. In 2010 Mexico exported $486,026 worth of U.S. flags. Mexico was the leading customer, purchasing $256,407 worth that year.

Whatever you, your friends or family have planned for the 4th of July make is safe, fun and All American. And let’s all say a prayer for the longevity of this magnificent country we live in.

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