50 States in 50 Days: Delaware

Delaware Breakwater Lighthouse
Delaware Breakwater Lighthouse, Photo by hatchski (Flickr)

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Join U.S. Embassy Kyiv as we take you on a visual and informational tour of all 50 U.S. states over the next 50 days. “FIFTY STATES IN FIFTY DAYS: AMERICA THE UNEXPECTED” starts today, June 1 with Delaware!

We plan to give you an online tour of national parks, local culture, colleges, and off-the-beaten path destinations in each of the 50 states plus the District of Columbia.  For more information about each state please visit U.S. Embassy Kyiv’s Facebook page, U.S. Embassy Kyiv’s blog, and the U.S. Embassy Kyiv website. We look forward to sharing our favorite unexpected places in our wonderful country! Come along for the adventure!

Delaware Memorial Bridge
Delaware Memorial Bridge, Photo by jglsongs (Flickr)

Top Ten Delaware Facts

1.  Origin of the name of the state: Named after an early Virginia governor, Lord De La Warr.

2.  Delaware was the first state to ratify the United States constitution. It did so on December 7, 1787.

3.  The lady bug is Delaware’s official state bug.

4.  According to a survey by the National Science Foundation, Delaware has more doctoral-level (Ph.D.) scientists and engineers, as a percentage of the population, than any other state.

5.   Delaware has no sales tax. Many people living outside Delaware will make the trek into Delaware to shop in the state because of the lack of a sales tax.

6.   Milk is the official state beverage, and peach pie is Delaware’s official state dessert.

7.   Delaware is the only state that does not have a national park, but it does have a national wildlife refuge, Bombay Hook.

8.  You may not get married on a dare. Getting married on a dare is grounds for an annulment under Delaware law.

9.  One of Delaware’s nicknames is “The Diamond State.” According to legend, Thomas Jefferson gave this nickname to Delaware, because he described Delaware as a “jewel” among states due to its strategic location on the Eastern Seaboard.

10.   The sheaf of wheat, ear of corn, and the ox on the state seal symbolize the farming activities of colonial Delaware.

For more information go to http://www.VisitDelaware.com

Or watch the Delaware Tourism promotional video:


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