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We at Elev8 want to wish you a  Happy Independence Day.

Here are some facts to about  our country.

On the second of July, 1776, the Thirteen Colonies legally separated from Great Britain. Founding father and second President of the United States, John Adams, immediately wrote to his wife declaring that “The second day of July…will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival.”

Read:What Is The 4th Of July?

And whilst he was off by two days (the Declaration of Independence was not adopted until 4th of July, and so this is the date commemorated), he was correct to anticipate that this event would be annually celebrated with “pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations.”

Ever since, July 4 has been celebrated across America with gun salutes, fireworks, and red, white, and blue decoration. When, in 1938, Congress announced that Independence Day would be a paid federal holiday, there was even more cause for celebration.

$223.6 million The value of fireworks imported from China in 2011, representing the bulk of all U.S. fireworks imported ($232.5 million). U.S. exports of fireworks, by comparison, came to just $15.8 million in 2011, with Australia purchasing more than any other country ($4.5 million).

2.5 million In July 1776, the estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation. Source: Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970

Thirty-one places have “liberty” in their names. The most populous one as of April 1, 2010, was Liberty, Mo. (29,149). Iowa, with four, has more of these places than any other state: Libertyville, New Liberty, North Liberty and West Liberty.

Thirty-five places have “eagle” in their names. The most populous one is Eagle Pass, Texas, with a population of 26,248.

Eleven places have “independence” in their names. The most populous one is Independence, Mo., with a population of 116,830.

Nine places have “freedom” in their names. The most populous one is New Freedom, Pa., with a population of 4,464.

Elev8 Wishes You & Yours A Happy Independence Day! was originally published on elev8.com

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