As a pilot and aviation advocate, this is something that I should have known but didn't until I ran across this article on CNN.com.
No country has a richer aviation history than the United States, and nowhere else does aviation make more of an economic contribution.
Today would be perfect to take a ride to your local airport and have lunch while watching the planes. Maybe even walk inside to check out an introductory flight. Even if you don't pursue flying lessons, I guarantee you a wonderful time just feeling the sensations of flight. Check out this link for more information about general aviation in NJ.
I have a flight scheduled for tomorrow morning, but I'm leaving now to take my own advice and have lunch at the airport.