On the 4thof 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 4thwith 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.
There’s a story behind each state and how it became part of the union. This year, do something different and celebrate your state’s birthday with the following ideas:
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.
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.
Decorate Your Home
We pull out the American flag every year for the 4thof July; some of us keep display 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.