Last Updated Jun 30, 2011 12:31 PM EDT
- People still come to the U.S. because they see it as a land that gives them their best shot at success. Few other countries can say that.
- In the U.S., men and women speak out freely and worship as they like with no fear of retribution. That is not the case in most nations.
- There are 31 places nationwide with "liberty" in their name. Iowa has four. The most populous is Liberty, Missouri (29,149 residents).
- 35 cities, towns, and villages have "eagle" in their name, in homage to the majestic bird that serves as our national symbol. The most populous is Eagle Pass, Texas with 26,248 residents.
- 11 places have "independence" in their name. The most populous is Independence, Missouri with 116,830 residents.
- Nine U.S. localities adopted the name "freedom." New Freedom, Pennsylvania, with 4,464 residents, has the largest population.
- There is but one place with "patriot" in the name -- Patriot, Indiana, with a population of 209.
- There are five towns with some derivation of "America" in their name. The most populous is American Fork, Utah with a population of 26,263.
- The value of U.S. manufacturers' shipments of fireworks and pyrotechnics this year will be $232 million.
- More than 81 million Americans will take part in a barbecue this July 4; 36% of the baked beans served will come from North Dakota while half the potatoes in potato salad will come from Idaho or Washington State.
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