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Monday, July 3, 2017

Tomorrow we will be celebrating America's 241st Independence Day. While we can't offer you any hotdogs or fireworks, we can give you a few fun facts about one of our nation's biggest holidays.

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Today's Random Fact:

We have come a long way since 1776.

In July 1776, the estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation was 2.5 million. The nation's estimated population on this July Fourth is almost 326.5 million.

Bonus Fact:

The tablet held by in the Statue of Liberty's left hand bears the date July 4, 1776, but the statue itself was presented to the U.S. by France on July 4, 1884. It was dedicated two years later, on October 28, 1886, by President Grover Cleveland.

The melody for "The Star-Spangled Banner" was taken from "To Anacreon in Heaven," a drinking song of an 18th century London society. Did you also know that the song, written during the British attack on Fort McHenry, was originally titled "Defense of Fort McHenry"?