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Happy Fourth of July!

Here are 10 fun facts you might not have known about July 4th:

  1. The oldest, continuous Independence Day celebration in the United States is the 4th of July in Bristol, Rhode Island; it began in 1785.

  2. In 1954, the words ‘under God’ were added to the Pledge of Allegiance.

  3. The tune of the National Anthem was originally used by an English drinking song called To Anacreon in Heaven.

  4. The White House held its first 4th of July party in 1801

  5. Both the Philippines and Rwanda celebrate July 4th as a day of liberation. In Southeast Asia, it is known as “Republic Day” and Rwandans celebrate “Liberation Day.”

  6. An estimated 150 million hot dogs will be consumed on July 4th.

  7. 97% ($190.7 million) of imported fireworks are from China.

  8. 87.5% ($2.8 million) of imported U.S. flags are from China.

  9. The average age of those who signed the Declaration of Independence was 45. The youngest at age 27, was Thomas Lynch, Jr of South Carolina. The oldest delegate was Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania at age 70. Thomas Jefferson was 33.

  10. 1 out of 8 signers were educated at Harvard (7 total)

The Big 550 KTRS wishes you a fun and safe Fourth of July weekend!

Where in St. Louis is KTRS?

July 1st

Hockey Sense
@ O.B. Clark’s

July 8th

Hockey Sense
@ O.B. Clark’s

July 11th

The Inside Out Show
@ Schnarrs Hardware


July 11th

The Dobbs Tire & Auto Pre-match Show

Saint Louis FC vs Richmond Kickers
@Soccer Park — Fenton

July 22nd

Hockey Sense
@ O.B. Clark’s

July 25th

Inside Out Show
@ Redexim Showroom


St. Louis '"Staycation"
Top 5 things to do in St. Louis during your "staycation"

1. Visit the Gateway Arch
2. Make your way to Ted Drewes for some frozen custard on a hot day
3. Plan a visit to the Muny
4. Spend your night at the Fabulous Fox Theater
5. Go to a Saint Louis FC game
Reply to this email and tell us your favorite "Staycation" activities! 
Personality of the Month
Andy Strickland

Andy Strickland co-hosts Hockey Sense with Jamal Mayers on The Big 550 discussing the Blues and news around the NHL on Wednesdays from 7-8 p.m. He can also be seen on Fox Sports Midwest as the sideline reporter for the St. Louis Blues telecast.

Strickland is an award-winning broadcaster and has been a St. Louis veteran since 1998. Riverfront Times named Strickland the Best Reporter in St. Louis. He is widely known for his coverage of the National Hockey League, where he can be heard throughout the U.S. and Canada on radio and television.
Click here for more information on The Big Sports Show!

Six Flags
Time to ride our new 4D dark ride

Our all-new attraction is now open to the public. JUSTICE LEAGUE: Battle For Metropolis has opened its doors so you can now experience this unique interactive 4D dark ride.
You’ll step inside an interactive Hall of Justice filled with 4D effects. You’ll hear the backstory for your mission: to save your favorite superheroes from the famous villains. Make your way into the city of Metropolis and board your innovative ride car. Armed with your own laser stun gun, you’ll turn through each scene and participate in the action. The dark ride is filled with lifelike animatronic characters, cutting edge technology, 4D video graphics, and real-time game scoring to deliver an entertaining adventure.
We know you’ve been waiting since we announced it last fall, so be sure to check out our highly-anticipated JUSTICE LEAGUE: Battle for Metropolis now.
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Take a Virtual Vacation with John Carney
John Carney and his family went on vacation to Florida. Check out some of the pictures below.

Top left: The Vomitron ride 
Top right: John's oldest son stuck in the sand
Bottom left: John's youngest son riding a "bull"
Bottom right: John and his family enjoying a boat ride
Walter Knoll Trivia Question
Which Personality grew up in Niagara Falls, NY?
a. McGraw Milhaven
b. Frank O. Pinion
c. Larry Conners
d. Randi Naughton

Respond to this email with your answer for a chance to win a gift card to Walter Knoll Florist.
Please refer to the KTRS website for our standard contest rules.
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