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July 20th is a very special day for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania….it is National Pennsylvania Day! This is a day to take note of the beauty and splendor that we have in this wonderful state of ours, as well as to learn some unknown facts about the Keystone State.
We all know these major points in history about Pennsylvania: Philadelphia was the site of the first and second Continental Congresses and also helped launch the Country into the Revolutionary War, Pennsylvania was the second state to ratify the U.S. Constitution, and the site of one of the deadliest battles of the Civil War was fought in PA…the Battle of Gettysburg. There are many other facts that people might not be aware of:
- Pennsylvania received its official Statehood December 12, 17871
- In total, PA covers 46,055 square miles1
- William Penn named Philadelphia shortly after arriving in 1682. He used the Greek words for love (phileo) and brother (adelphos). That’s how Philadelphia became known as “the city of brotherly love.”1
- During the Revolutionary War there was fear that the Liberty Bell would be seized by the approaching British army and melted down for Ammunition. On September 18, 1777 it was moved from the Philadelphia State House to the basement of the Zion Reformed Church in Allentown and remained there until the British left in June of 1778.1
- Philadelphia was the nation’s capital from 1790 until 18001
- The first Official World Series of Major League Baseball was played at Exposition Park in Pittsburg in 1903. The game was between the Boston Americans and Pittsburgh Pirates with Boston winning five games to three.1
We also can lay claim to the birth of the banana split, first created in Latrobe in 1904 and the the oldest brewery in the United States, D.G. Yuengling & Son. We are also lucky to have the largest free-admission amusement park in the US, Knoebels, and the famous Crayola Factory in Easton.2 To top it all off, we have the best trail in the nation, the Pine Creek Gorge, also known as the “Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania,” and the highest and longest viaduct in the world, the Kinzua Viaduct, which was built in 1882.2
Pennsylvania is home to so many historical attractions and beautiful outdoor experiences. Take a moment this Pennsylvania Day to celebrate this great Commonwealth that we live in. CareGivers America is proud to call this Commonwealth home, and happy to provide services to hundreds of clients throughout Eastern and Central Pennsylvania.
 History.com Staff. “Pennsylvania.” History.com, A&E Television Networks, 2009, www.history.com/topics/us-states/pennsylvania.
 “Fun Facts | #VisitPA.” VisitPA, 5 June 2017, visitpa.com/media/story-idea/fun-facts.
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