May 29th makes not one, but two states’ anniversaries of acceptance into the Union. Happy Birthday to Wisconsin and Rhode Island!
Though Rhode Island was founded in 1636, it was the last state to join the union as one of the 13 original colonies on May 29, 1790.
Interesting facts about Rhode Island:
- Rhode Island is the smallest state of the union and is only 1,214 square miles.
- Polo was first played in Newport, RI in 1876.
- Bristol, RI holds the longest running continuous 4th of July celebration, dating back to 1785.
The Rhode Island state flag shows the 13 gold stars representing the thirteen original colonies. The word “Hope” is displayed at the bottom of the flag, which is the Rhode Island state motto.
Wisconsin was formally admitted to the union as the 30th state, also on this day, May 29, in 1848.
Did you know?
- The Wisconsin state dance is the Polka.
- The state nickname is the Badger State.
- Wisconsin is the dairy capital of the United States.
- Two Rivers, WI is known to be the home of the ice cream sundae.
The Wisconsin state flag is composed of a gold shield on a dark blue background. The state motto, “Forward,” is displayed on the top of the flag and also has the state animal, the badger. The sailor and the miner pictured represent the people who work hard on water and land. The four parts of the shield represent: agriculture, manufacturing, mining, and navigation. In 1979, the flag was amended to include the name of the state and the date of statehood.
Happy Birthday, Wisconsin and Rhode Island!