July 13th Was National Delaware Day And Here’s The Facts

  • What do you know about Delaware?

National Delaware Day happens in mid-July and these are all the facts you didn’t know about this teeny tiny state.

  • Dead’s Poet Society was filmed in Middletown, Delaware.
  • The state insect is the ladybug, adopted in April 25th, 1974, after elementary school children petitioned the General Assembly.
  • Delaware is the second smallest state in the United States.
  • The state fish of Delaware is the Weakfish. The Weakfish is also known as sea trout or yellow fin trout and was adopted as state fish in 1981.
  • Delaware is known as the “First State.” This is a cool fun fact about Delaware but you may have already known it before this National Delaware Day post.
  • Delaware gets its name from the Delaware River and Bay.
  • The Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed in this state.
  • Delaware only has three counties, the fewest of any state in America.
  • The University of Delaware had the country’s first study abroad program. This is one of the coolest fun facts for National Delaware Day.
  • Delaware’s state motto is “liberty and independence.”
  • The state marine animal of Delaware is the Horseshoe Crab, adopted on June 25th, 2002.
  • The state of Delaware boasts the fastest internet speeds in the country. Their connection speeds are higher than every other country observed with the exception of South Korea.
  • Delaware is 2,044 square miles, 100 miles long and only 35 miles across at its widest part.
  • George Thorogood’s first band was the Delaware Destroyers. The name was later changed to “George Thorogood and the Destroyers.”
  • The state of Delaware has more than 200 times more chickens than people.
  • Delaware still has a Swedish Church from 1698 that is standing.
  • Delaware is also known as the Diamond State, the Blue Hen State, and Peach State.
  • It’s been named the third most bike friendly state in the country in 2015.
  • The creator of the Heimlich maneuver, Henry Heimlich, was born in Delaware.
  • The blue hen was named in February 1939 after the “Fighting Blue Hen,” the mascot of Delaware Revolutionary War soldiers.
  • The DuPont company originally made it big in the gunpowder industry.
  • The state butterfly is the Tiger Swallowtail or Pterourus Glaucus.
  • Peach Blossom is the state flower.
  • Delaware may be the second smallest state in the country, but it also happens to be the sixth most densely populated state in America.
  • The Lenape people were the first to settle in the region. This is one of the first fun facts for National Delaware Day, you know, because they were there first.
  • Delaware’s state colors are colonial blue and buff. These colors represent the uniform of General George Washington.
  • Since the early 1800’s, Delaware became the leading producer of peaches. This lasted until a flight named “the yellows” destroyed the orchards later in the 1800s.
  • Bob Marley lived in Delaware from 1965-1977.
  • Sam Argall named the Delaware River and Bay.
  • Delaware was divided on slavery during the Civil War.
  • Delaware borders the Atlantic Ocean.
  • The state bird of Delaware is the Blue Hen.
  • Delaware is one of the original 13 colonies.
  • Delaware has a state beverage and it’s milk. This was adopted on June 3rd, 1983.
  • The Delaware River starts in New York.
  • Rehoboth Beach is called the Nation’s Summer Capital.
  • Delaware adopted strawberries as the state fruit in 2010.
  • Delaware was the first state to produce peaches commercially.
  • The capital of Delaware is Dover. Did you know this about National Delaware Day?
  • Delaware has an artificial reef made of subway cars.
  • Sweet Golden Rod was adopted June 24th, 1996 and is indigenous to Delaware. This flower is found throughout the state, mostly along coastal areas and marshes.
  • The highest elevation in Delaware is 448 feet.
  • The state shell of Delaware is the Shell of the channeled whelk. It was Adopted in May 2014.

Is there anything I missed that should be included about National Delaware Day? Let me know in the comments!

For some odd news from Delaware, follow the link to read Strange Delivery Made to Delaware County High School.