No matter what state you live in or which ones you've visited, there's no doubt you've heard of at least one city with a patriotic name. People tend to name things after what they love and hold dear, so it's no wonder there are so many cities named Liberty, Freedom and Independence plastered all over the map. We love our country and take pride in our history.
To get you in the mood for the Fourth of July and celebrate our nation, here are 13 U.S. towns with patriotic names — one for each stripe on the flag.
American Fork is home to Utah's only national monument, Timpanogos Cave, and Imagine Dragons guitarist Wayne Sermon.
It used to be called "Lake City," but the named was changed simply because the residents were sick of visitors and postal workers confusing the town with Salt Lake City. The new name was chosen because the American Fork River runs through the area.
Independence got its name from none other than the document that began our country, the Declaration of Independence. It helped many people get their first taste of the American dream by creating a checkpoint where people could stop and gear up before seeking their fortunes on the Santa Fe, California and Oregon trails.
It's also the hometown of our 33rd President of the United States, Harry S. Truman. Everything about this city screams patriotism!
Washington Crossing's name is only fitting, seeing as it's where one of the most pivotal events in our nation's history took place.
The community itself is a U.S. National Historic Landmark and has become famous for its Christmas Day re-enactment of George Washington crossing the Delaware River. This is one of the best places to experience American History!
After leaving Indiana due to harassment and rejection for being abolitionists, a group known as the Harmony Society moved to the area now known as Freedom.
To raise awareness about abolition, the society began placing signs all over the area that read one word: Freedom. And thus, it became known by that name even up to the present day.
Flagstaff may not sound patriotic in comparison to other cities on the list, but history tells us otherwise. We can thank the Second Boston Party, a scouting group from Illinois, for inspiring the name of this desert town.
The party created a flagpole out of the ponderosa pine, which is native to Arizona, for the U.S. Centennial celebration way back in 1876.
Settled way back in 1822 with the name chosen to represent America's hope for liberty and free will, Liberty is widely known for its importance in the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
It's where the church's prophet was kept in jail and later escaped (bringing a whole new meaning to the word "liberty").
As Nebraska's state capital, the name Lincoln would have made the 16th U.S. president proud. It's a designated place of safety for refugees of various countries, creating a unique melting pot of people and cultures that our nation as a whole embraces.
Just because this town is small and lesser-known doesn't make its name any less significant. If you're ever in the area and need to make a pit stop, be sure to do it in Justice!
We love our stars and stripes, but Arizona has taken it to the next level! While we don't know the exact origin of the Star Valley name, there are a couple of theories that most people tend to believe.
Some believe it comes from a quote by a leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints who said it was the "star of all valleys," while others say it's due to the nickname given to the area for harsh winter living conditions in the 1880s, Starvation Valley. Since nobody knows for sure, we'll stick to our tribute to the stars and stripes of our flag.
As the first American town located on the Rio Grande, Eagle Pass started out as a military settlement. It wasn't named after our country's mascot alone, but rather because a bird's eye view (pun intended) of the area's hills and rivers looks like an eagle's wings.
Whether or not you're a fan of Thomas Jefferson, there's no denying that he was an integral part of founding the nation we love so dearly. It was chosen as Missouri's capital in 1821, while President Jefferson was still alive, and named Jefferson City to honor him and the work he did for the United States.
If you couldn't guess who this town is named after, it's the guy who attached a key to a kite in hopes of harnessing lightning electricity during a storm.
Not only is the town itself named after Benjamin Franklin, but its library, the very first in the U.S., also bears his name. Franklin himself donated 116 books for the people of Franklin to enjoy.
Ok, Cincinnati probably isn't the first place you think of when we say patriotic. But what's not well known that this Ohio city was actually named after the Society of the Cincinnati, our nation's oldest patriotic organization that dates all the way back to the Revolutionary War.
Since then, the society makes it their mission to remember and recognize the sacrifices that allowed America to become what it is today. Next time you hear someone mention Cincinnati, you'll know it's true meaning and remember why it's so important!
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