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4th of July Facts

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CHARLES CITY (KWWL) -- How much do you know about "Old Glory?" News Channel 7's Colleen O'Shaughnessy put a few participants in Charles City's Independence Day Parade to the test.

Question #1: Why do we fold the American flag into a triangle?

"I don't know... I know the 13 stripes! They represent the 13 states. I know that!" said Jennifer, Captain of the High School Cheerleading Squad.

"It represents the hat. It represents George Washington's hat -- the three corner one," said Nora Springs veteran Roger Hunt.

Leave it to the veteran to know that one off the top of his head!

Question #2: What does it mean when the flag is flown upside down?

"You don't fly the flag upside down, do you?" asked Joe Nettleton, who was getting hints from some of his friends.

"Honor someone that has died in war?" one of the Charles City Comets baseball players said.

Nettleton and his crew finally came up with the right answer.

"When the government's in distress. We got one!!" he cheered.

Question #3: Who knows what the colors of our flag represent?

"I can't remember, I know this!" said Jennifer.

"It's red for blood, white for purity, and blue for loyalty," explained Hunt.

"Okay, we know less about the flag than we thought!" joked Nettleton.

Question #4 was easy, but it's the most fun to watch! All our contestants had to do is sing the words to "You're a Grand Old Flag." It turned out to be trickier than we thought -- watch the video to see for yourself.

Hopefully you can use some of this trivia on your friends and family during your own celebration. Have a happy 4th!

Online Reporter Colleen O'Shaughnessy

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