Friday, July 4, 2008

Our Nation's Birthday

Today, the 4th of July, marks our nation's 232nd birthday, when the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress. There were about 2.5 million people living here then, according to the US Census Bureau.
Today, so many years later, there are 304 million.
You can keep track of our population growth by checking the website of the population clock at
Did you or are you going to watch a fireworks display? In 2007, the US spent about $207 million on importing fireworks from China. We did a lot of shopping there in 2007, spending another $4.7 million on US flags.
Here in Scipio the sun is shining and the goldfinches are busy at the birdfeeder, arguing with the cardinals over the sunflower seeds, while the hummingbirds dart and hover by their nectar feeders. I took a ride over to the Town Offices this morning, and it was great to see how many folks have their American flags on display.
Happy Fourth of July!

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