Fourth of July is a major holiday in the United States of America. It’s a time when blockbuster movies are released, families gather for bbq’s and most importantly citizens and residents celebrate Independence Day. That’s right, like many of us in the region, the US was once a British colony. Today marks their 236th year of interdependence since breaking from British rule.
Many of our Caribbean celebs featured on this site are born in the U.S of A including will.i.am, Nia Long, Busta Rhymes, Jason Derulo, Zoe Saldana, Lala Vasquez, Jennifer Lopez, Mashonda and many, many more.
There are some who you might be surprised to know were born there including Anya Ayoung-Chee (NY), Alaine(NJ), Gramps Morgan (NY).
The United States of America (commonly called the United States, the U.S., the USA, America, and the States) is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district. The country is situated mostly in central North America, where its forty-eight contiguous states and Washington, D.C., the capital district, lie between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, bordered by Canada to the north and Mexico to the south. The state of Alaska is in the northwest of the continent, with Canada to the east and Russia to the west across the Bering Strait. The state of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific. The country also possesses several territories in the Pacific and Caribbean.
At 3.79 million square miles (9.83 million km2) and with over 312 million people, the United States is the third or fourth largest country by total area, and the third largest by both land area and population. It is one of the world’s most ethnically diverse and multicultural nations, the product of large-scale immigration from many countries. The U.S. economy is the world’s largest national economy, with an estimated 2011 GDP of $15.1 trillion (22% of nominal global GDP and over 19% of global GDP at purchasing-power parity).Per capita income is the world’s sixth-highest.
Indigenous peoples descended from forebears who migrated from Asia have inhabited what is now the mainland United States for many thousands of years. This Native American population was greatly reduced by disease and warfare after European contact. The United States was founded by thirteen British colonies located along the Atlantic seaboard. On July 4, 1776, they issued the Declaration of Independence, which proclaimed their right to self-determination and their establishment of a cooperative union. The rebellious states defeated the British Empire in the American Revolution, the first successful colonial war of independence.The current United States Constitution was adopted on September 17, 1787; its ratification the following year made the states part of a single republic with a stronger central government. The Bill of Rights, comprising ten constitutional amendments guaranteeing many fundamental civil rights and freedoms, was ratified in 1791.
CAPITAL: Washington D.C
NICKNAME: America. The 50 states each have nicknames eg California-The Golden State, New York-The Big Apple, Florida-The Sunshine State.
MOTTO: “In God We Trust”
ANTHEM: The Star Spangled Banner
NATIONAL FLOWER: The rose
NATIONAL BIRD: Bald Eagle
NATIONAL TREE: Oak
NATIONAL DISH: Hamburger???
AIRPORT: nuff- Top 10 listed below:
Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) Atlanta,GA
O’Hare International Airport (ORD) Chicago, IL
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Los Angeles, CA
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) Dallas/Fort Worth,TX
Denver International Airport (DEN) Denver,CO
John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) New York,NY
George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) Houston,TX
San Francisco International Airport (SFO) San Francisco,CA
McCarran International Airport (LAS) Las Vegas,NV
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) Phoenix,AZ
DRIVES ON THE: right
CURRENCY: United States Dollar (USD)
AREA CODE: +1
INTERNET TLD: .us, .gov, .edu
CELEBRATES CARNIVAL IN: various: New York-September | Miami-October | Washington DC- June | Houston-July