Happy Birthday New Hampshire!
Happy Birthday New Hampshire! Congratulations on 237 years in the Union and 104 years with your flag.
New Hampshire was established on June 21st, 1776, making the state 237 years old. However, the state didn’t adopt their flag until 1909, with only one minor change occurring in 1931. Do you know what the New Hampshire flag looks like and why?
The flag consists of a blue background with the state seal prominently displayed in the center. Laurel leaves surround it with nine stars, signifying this state as the ninth to enter the Union. In the very middle of the flag, the USS Raleigh proudly rests as one of the first 13 warships for the US Navy.
Did you know…?
- New Hampshire was originally named North Virginia and under the jurisdiction of Massachusetts.
- New Hampshire was a part of the 13 colonies and the northern most state of them.
- New Hampshire is most commonly known as the Granite State.
- The first potato ever planted in the US resided here.
- New Hampshire has the second oldest constitution, adopted in 1784.
- Endangered species of New Hampshire include the karner blue butterfly, lynx, bald eagle, short nose sturgeon, Sunapee trout, Atlantic salmon and dwarf wedge mussel.
- Peterborough is home to the oldest free public library, established in 1833.