Thursday, July 28

Facts about Massachusetts

Massachusetts Facts

Learn facts about Massachusetts for kids.

Have you ever visited Massachusetts before? You could live there. Whichever it may be, you can discover some cool facts about Massachusetts here! I love to learn cool facts about all of the different states. I would love to share some of those facts with you! Every Thursday, I will post cool facts about each of the fifty states in the United States. The states will be done in alphabetical order! Last week, we posted facts about Maryland. This week, we are posting cool facts about Massachusetts. You will learn about Massachusetts's state flag, bird, and other facts. Only 29 more states to go!

Did you know Massachusetts was the sixth (6th) state to join the union? Yes, that is correct! Massachusetts officially joined the union on February 6, 1788! Massachusetts is located in the Northeast region of the United States. Massachusetts is bordered by five (5) states: Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New York. Massachusetts is also bordered by the Atlantic Ocean. Massachusetts is the forty-fourth (44th) largest state in the United States. Massachusetts is a small state. There are about 6,984,723 people who live in Massachusetts.


Massachusetts famous person alert:

Did you know that Louisa May Alcott lived in Concord, Massachusetts? Louisa May Alcott is a famous writer. She is best known for her books titled Little Women and Little Men.


Tell us about a famous person who resides in your state.


Facts about Massachusetts:

1. A few things Massachusetts is known for are The Pilgrims, Thanksgiving Traditions, and one of the first 13 colonies. A few nicknames for Massachusetts are the Bay State, the Old Colony State, and the Codfish State. The Massachusetts state motto is Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem. The motto is a Latin phrase that means that by the sword, we seek peace, but peace only comes under liberty. The Massachusetts state motto was adopted sometime in 1775. The abbreviation for Massachusetts is MA.

2. The capital of Massachusetts is Boston. Boston officially became the capital of Massachusetts sometime in 1632. Boston has an estimated population of about 689,326 people.

3. The state bird of Massachusetts is the Black-capped chickadee. It was chosen as the state bird on March 21, 1941. The Black-capped chickadee has a black-capped head, gray, black, and white coloring, and a white underneath area. Its wings are gray and white. The Black-capped chickadee is a cute, tiny bird.

4. The official state flower in Massachusetts is the Mayflower, also known as the trailing arbutus. The Mayflower is a low-lying spreading plant. The Mayflower became Massachusetts’s official state flower on May 1, 1918. The Mayflower has white to light pink flower petals. The Mayflower is a beautiful flower. The Mayflower blooms from March to July.

5. Massachusetts’s current state flag was officially adopted on July 3, 1971. It has a white background and features the state’s coat of arms on it. It has a blue shield with a white star and a yellow Indian holding a bow and an arrow. The state motto appears on a ribbon that goes under and slightly around the coat of arms. Above the coat of arms is an arm and hand holding a sword.

6. Some crops grown in Massachusetts are apples, corn, cranberries, hay, pumpkins, and wheat.

7. Some cool places to visit while in Massachusetts are Martha's Vineyard in Dukes County, MA., the Freedom Trail in Boston, MA., and the Cape Cod National Seashore in Barnstable County, MA.

8. Some animals in Massachusetts are bats, foxes, moose, raccoons, squirrels, and white-tailed deer.

9. Massachusetts can get very hot and cold depending on the time of year. The hottest temperature ever recorded in Massachusetts was 107 degrees Fahrenheit in Cumberland, Massachusetts, on August 2, 1975. The coldest temperature ever recorded in Massachusetts was -40 degrees (40 degrees below zero) Fahrenheit in Chester, Massachusetts, on January 22, 1984.


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Get your free printable Massachusetts worksheet here:

 Massachusetts worksheet

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Books about Massachusetts:

1. Massachusetts by Cody Crane

2. Massachusetts: What's So Great About This State? by Kate Boehm Jerome

3. Good Night Massachusetts by Adam Gamble

4. Kid's Guide to Boston by Eileen Ogintz

Parents/caretakers, be sure books are child-friendly before reading them to your child/children.


You can Click here to purchase the 50 States workbook on Amazon.

You can also use the 50 States tab at the top of my page to find all the 50 states' posts in one convenient place. 


Tune in next week to learn some really cool facts about Michigan! Thank you for reading my post!! “Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and twice as beautiful as you’ve ever imagined.”-Dr. Suess

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