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Yankee doodle dandy: KC one of most patriotic cities in U.S.

Updated: 2013-06-19T16:09:52Z

By LISA GUTIERREZ

The Kansas City Star

Wave those flags high, people, because Kansas City can boast of being one of the most red-white-and-blue cities in the country.

All because we really love our barbecues (duh), bands and Black Cats.

The social networking website Foursquare – whose users “check in” at venues using their smartphones and other mobile devices – reviewed where its followers spent last Fourth of July.

It looked at check-ins from parks, parades and firework retailers and ranked the cities with the highest jump in check-ins at those places to create a list of the “Most Patriotic Cities” in America.

Kansas City squeaked onto the list at No. 10.

The most patriotic city in the land? That would be Knoxville – home to the Volunteers of the University of Tennessee – followed by Oklahoma City; Raleigh, N.C.; San Antonio; Houston; Sarasota, Fla.; Phoenix; Baltimore and Charlotte, N.C.

Foursquare also reviewed historical sites that scored the highest number of check-ins last Fourth of July.

Which ones were most popular on Independence Day?

The Washington Monument topped that list, followed by Quincy Market/Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston, the Lincoln Memorial, the White House, Independence Hall in Philadelphia, the Statue of Liberty, the Jefferson Memorial, Liberty Bell Center in Philadelphia, Alcatraz Island in San Francisco and the World War II Memorial in D.C.

Alcatraz? Because nothing says “I love my country” like touring an old prison.

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