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5 Fun Facts About July 2 In New Hampshire History

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1. New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify the United States Constitution on July 2, 1788. This act helped to bring the document into effect and established the framework for the federal government that has guided the nation for over two centuries.

2. The state of New Hampshire celebrates "Bennington Battle Day" on July 2, in honor of the Battle of Bennington that took place on August 16, 1777. This battle saw American forces under General John Stark defeat a group of British soldiers and their Hessian allies, and played a key role in turning the tide of the Revolutionary War in the northern colonies.

3. In 1870, the first official state census was conducted in New Hampshire on July 2. This census helped to provide important data on population, demographics, and other factors that would shape the state's future growth and development.

4. On July 2, 1937, the famous Appalachian Trail was completed in New Hampshire. Stretching over 2,000 miles from Maine to Georgia, the trail is a beloved destination for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts, and provides a unique window into the natural beauty and history of the eastern United States.

5. In more recent history, July 2, 2013 saw the signing of a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in New Hampshire. This move made the state one of the first in the nation to embrace marriage equality, and helped to pave the way for a wider shift in public attitudes toward LGBTQ+ rights and acceptance.
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