An All American Birthday
Thu, 03 Jul 2014 22:34:40 EDT

Happy Fourth of July!

On this day in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress, setting the 13 Colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation.

As always, the most American of holidays will be marked by parades, fireworks and barbecues across the country.

In 1776 there were an estimated 2 point 5 million people (2,500,000) lining in the newly-formed country. Now that number has grown to over 312 million (311,700,000).

Some U.S. cities have more patriotic-sounding names than others. For instance, 31 places have "liberty" in their names; 35 have "eagle" in their names, 11 have "independence" and 9 have "freedom."

Another interesting note: in 2010, the U.S. traded over 98 billion dollars ($98,300,000,000) worth of goods with the United Kingdom, which was our adversary in 1776. That makes the British our sixth-leading trading partner today.


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