Happy Fourth of July!

Happy 4th of July from the West Central Tribune! We wish you and your families a wonderful holiday weekend.

If you’re looking to celebrate the 4th with a community parade or fireworks display tomorrow, make sure to check out our listing of area 4th of July events.

Here are a few interesting 4th of July numbers, from the United States Census Bureau:

  • 2.5 million: The estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation in July 1776.
    316.2 million: The nation’s estimated population on this 4th of July.
  • 56: Numbers of signers to the Declaration of Independence.

  • 65.9 million: Number of all hogs and pigs on March 1, 2013. If you’re eating pork hot dogs and sausages this Fourth of July, chances are they came from Iowa. The state was home to 20.3 million hogs and pigs. North Carolina (8.9 million) and Minnesota (7.8 million) were also homes to large numbers of pigs.
  • 59: Places that have “liberty” in the name. Pennsylvania has the most, with 11. 
  • 1: Place that has “patriot” in the name. Patriot, Ind., has a population of 209.

And lastly, as we celebrate Independence Day tomorrow, let’s also take a moment to remember what the day is all about, and remember those who have fought for and defended our freedoms since this nation’s independence. We extend a huge thank you to all of our nation’s veterans and current service members and their families.

Happy Independence Day!

How will you be celebrating the holiday weekend? What’s your favorite 4th of July tradition?