Fourth of July FYI

We know this holiday is all about the red, white and blue — but there’s more!

Check out this Fourth of July FYI, to discover behind-the-scenes American facts.

July 4, 1776: Continental Congress approves the Declaration of Independence, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom.

2.5M: Estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation in July 1776.

318.4M: The nation's estimated population on this July 4.

56: Number of signers to the Declaration of Independence

First signer: John Hancock, merchant and president of the Second Continental Congress

70: Benjamin Franklin’s age at the signing; he was the oldest to sign.

2: Number of future presidents who signed the Declaration of Independence: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.

59: Number of places in America that contain the word "liberty" in their name. Pennsylvania has the most, at 11.

1: Number of places containing the word “patriot:” Patriot, Indiana

Union: The most common patriotic-sounding word used within place names, at 136.

$100B: Dollar value of trade in 2013 between the United States and the United Kingdom, making the British, our adversary in 1776, our seventh-leading trading partner today.

62.9M: Estimated number of hogs and pigs in America as of March 1, 2014. North Carolina has about 8 million.

6.1B pounds: Total estimated production of cattle and calves in Texas in 2013, meaning there’s a good chance the beef on your backyard grill came from the Lone Star State, which accounted for nearly one-sixth of the nation's total production.

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