On the 4th of July 1776, the US finally gained independence and was globally recognized as the United States of America. As of 2019, it’s been 243 years since the US gained independence; we still celebrate July 4th with the same gusto as we did 200 years back!
Something people don’t know is the fact that although the US officially became a country in 1776, it didn’t have any states until 1787! It took 11 years to establish Delaware as the first state of the union. After Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, and Connecticut followed suit.
A total of 16 stated were officially recognized before 1800; 29 states were created in the 1800s, another 6 were formed in the early 1900s and finally, Alaska and Hawaii joined the state of the union in 1959.
How To Celebrate Your State’s Birthday in America
There’s a story behind each American state and how it became part of the union. Celebrating your state's birthday in America can be a fun and meaningful way to connect with your local community and heritage.
You can mark this day to remember in many different ways, from involving friends and family, decorating your home, exploring state parks to attending local parades, festivals and fairs. The list is endless!
This year, why not do something different and celebrate your state’s birthday with the following ideas:
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1. Decorate Your Home
We pull out the American flag every year for the 4th of July; some of us keep displaying it all year round. If you love your state, show it some love by displaying your state’s flag in and outside your home on its birthday.
You can also decorate with state colors to show your state pride. From balloons, bubbles to confetti, there are lots of ways to transform your home to mark the special day. Or get creative and make some star-flag themed arts and crafts. Such as crafting state symbols.
2. Cook its Special Food
Every state has a signature dish or a type of food that it’s famous for. Wisconsin’s cheddar cheese and macaroni, Arizona’s tortilla chips and sale, Hawaii’s pineapple, and Florida’s orange juice are popular all over the country.
Find out what food your state is famous for and make special meals using them on your state’s birthday.
Another idea is to make a star-flag themed cake that you and your family or friends can enjoy.
3. Read up on How the State Was Formed
Every state has a tale to tell. The beauty of the union is that every state is unique. The United States is a nation of immigrants that brought their cultures and values to the states they migrated to. The result of welcoming immigrants from all over the world is an incredibly diverse country whose citizens work together as one despite their differences.
Celebrate your state’s birthday by reading up on what motivated its people to join the union.
4. Visit Historic Sites
Go explore historic landmarks and battlefields that are connected with your local state. Experience guided tours to learn about the significant moments in your state’s history.
5. Local Parades and Festivals
Check for local parades, street parties, festivals and fairs that are being held on your state’s birthday. These events often feature local food, entertainment and cultural exhibitions.
Show Your Love For America
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