|The flag at the U.S. Armed Forces Recruiting Station on Times Square.|
It's the FOURTH OF JULY, and the United States is 237 years old! We declared our independence from Britain on July 4, 1776. Understandably, a lot of American flags are proudly being flown and waved today at events nationwide. There are parades, backyard barbecues, and of course, fireworks! Have you been to a Fourth of July celebration? What was it like?
To make your July 4 memorable and meaningful, here is some information about the U.S. to keep in mind.
- The U.S. flag has 50 stars, which stand for the 50 states in the Union.
- The flag also has 13 stripes, which stand for the original 13 colonies.
- The flag is also known as the Stars and Stripes.
- The first President of the U.S. was George Washington.
- The first President to live in the White House was John Adams, who was the second President and the Vice President under Washington.
- Washington, D.C. was strategically selected as the nation's permanent capital to APPEASE (make calm or peaceful) both the North and the South.
- D.C. stands for District of Columbia; the area was once called the Territory of Columbia, named in honor of Christopher Columbus. Also, "Columbia" was once the poetic name of the U.S.
- The national ANTHEM (song) of the U.S. is called the Star Spangled Banner
Well, folks, I hope you're all having a great time. Be safe out there! :-)