It's Tennessee's birthday!

Our great state is 222 years young, and is looking good. On June 1, 1796, Tennessee became the 16th state.

Tennessee shares a statehood day with its neighbor to the north, Kentucky. Kentucky turned 226 today -- it became the 15th state on June 1, 1792.

From the banks of the Mississippi River in West Tennessee to the Great Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee, the Volunteer State has a lot to offer.

In honor of the day, here's some Tennessee trivia:

State Slogan: "Tennessee - America at Its Best!" The slogan was adopted by the Tennessee General Assembly in 1965.

State Motto: "Agriculture and Commerce." The motto is taken from the wording used on the state seal, and was adopted by the General Assembly in 1987.

State Songs: There are 10!

  • My Homeland, Tennessee
  • Rocky Top
  • A Bicentennial Rap: 1796-1996
  • When It's Iris Time in Tennessee
  • Tennessee (1992)
  • Smoky Mountain Rain
  • My Tennessee
  • The Pride of Tennessee
  • Tennessee (2012)
  • Tennessee Waltz

State Symbols: There are several. In addition to a state gem (Tennessee River Pearls), we even have a state beverage (milk) and a state fruit (tomato). You can see all the state's symbols in the photo gallery below: