We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
-The Declaration of Independence 4 of July, 1776
At PrideStaff, we take pride in all we do. We also take tremendous pride in being part of our great nation. As we prepare to celebrate Independence Day, we thought it might be fun to share some interesting facts about our country and the 4th of July holiday:
· Independence Day was first celebrated in Philadelphia on July 8, 1776.
· The word ‘patriotism’ comes from the Latin patria, which means ‘homeland’ or ‘fatherland.’
· In July 1776, an estimated 2.5 million people lived in our newly independent nation. This July Fourth, our population is estimated at over 313.9 million.
· Both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on Independence Day, July 4, 1826.
· Standing up for our nation’s freedom was extremely risky. In fact, the names of the signers of the Declaration of Independence were withheld from the public for more than six months to protect the signers. If independence had not been achieved, the treasonable act of the signers would have, by law, resulted in their deaths.
· Chances are pretty good — one in three — that the hot dog or pork sausage you’re grilling came from Iowa, our nation’s No. 1 pork producing state. The Hawkeye State was home to 19.7 million hogs and pigs on March 1, 2012. North Carolina (8.6 million) and Minnesota (7.6 million) were also homes to large numbers of pigs.
· While there are a lot of places in the U.S. with patriotic-sounding place names, like Liberty, Independence and Freedom, Washington is the only one named after a U.S. president.
From all of us at PrideStaff, have a wonderful holiday!