Thursday, July 3, 2008

Let's Celebrate the Fourth!

[Photo by Bob Jagendorf.]

On the fourth day of July, 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, this most American of holidays will be marked by parades, fireworks and backyard barbecues across the country.

2.5 million = In July 1776, the estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation.

304 million = The nation’s population on this July 4th.

$107.2 billion = Dollar value of trade last year between the United States and the United Kingdom, making the British, our adversary in 1776, our sixth-leading trading partner today.

Read more interesting facts and figures: U.S. Census Bureau.

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