As we celebrate our adoption of the Declaration of Independence this Fourth of July, I thought I’d post some interesting trivia facts to get your mind going between the grilling and fireworks.
- Independence Day was first celebrated in Philadelphia on July 8, 1776.
- Dave Righetti of the New York Yankees threw a no-hitter on July 4, 1983.
- The word “patriotism” comes from the Latin patria, which means “homeland or “fatherland.”
- In 2010, the U.S. imported $190.7 million of fireworks from China.
- Both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on Independence Day: July 4, 1826.
- Eleven places have “Independence” in their name.
- Five places adopted the name “freedom.” Freedom, California, with 6,000 residents, has the largest population among these.
- There is one place named “patriot” — Patriot, Indiana, with a population of 202.