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Happy Fourth of July!

July 2, 2010 - Kim Collette

"You have to love a nation that celebrates every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness.  You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism."~~~~Erma Bombeck

Funny....but oh so true!  So, while you are enjoying all that wonderful picnic food and playing cornhole, don't forget that independence day is just that.  Celebrating our county's INDEPENDENCE.  Take a moment or two to pause and be thankful that we live in an independent country and what that means to you. 

Now...I'm not saying don't have fun....in fact...here are some tidbits that you can wow your family and friends with this weekend!

Patriotic Places

*30---number of places nationwide with "liberty' in their name.  The most populous one is Liberty, Missouri with 26,232 people. Iowa has more of these places than any other state with four (Libertyville, North Liberty, New Liberty and West Liberty).

*11 places have "independence" in their name. 

*Five places have the name "freedom"....Freedom, California has the most residents with 6,000.

*There is one place named "patriot"---Patriot, Indiana, with a population of 202.

*What could be more fitting than spending a day in a place called "America?" There are 5 such places in the country.

The Barbecue Cookout

*More than 66 million Americans said they have taken part in a barbecue in the past year.

*There is a 1-6 chance the beef on your grill came from Texas. 

*As for your potato salad, chips and fries, Idaho and Washington produce about 1 half of the nation's spuds.

*Juicy watermelon?  6 states (California, Florida, Texas, Georgia, Arizona and Indiana) combined to produce 80% of watermelons last year.

Fireworks

*$128.8 million is the value of fireworks imported from China which represents the bulk of all U.S. fireworks imports.

And there you have it.....So to all of you out there....Have a Safe and Happy Fourth of July!

Unil next time friends!

 
 

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