Happy Birthday, New Hampshire’s Birthday
New Hampshire was established on this day in 1776, making the state 236 years in the union. However, the state didn’t adopt their flag until 1909, with only one minor change occurring in 1931. 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.