Happy Fourth of July! It’s time to celebrate the anniversary of America’s own #Brexit with hot dogs, parades and large explosions.
Independence Day — the one in honor of when we decided to eliminate that whole monarchy thing, not the day when aliens attacked — is one of the country’s great holidays. It’s perfect for traveling, eating lots of food and celebrating with friends and family.
The best part is there is no one-size-fits-all template for how to celebrate. So, in honor of the day, here are a few numbers that will put the party in a whole new light:
- 45 percent (roughly): Percent of people who attend a fireworks display on July 4 (there are more than 14,000 fireworks displays nationwide)
- $311.7 million: How much fireworks imported from China are worth; the total value of imported fireworks is $324.8 million
- $4.4 million: The value of American flags imported every year (mostly from China)
- 2.5 million: The number of people living in the United States in July 1776 (there were 321.4 million people in the country last July 4)
- 150 million: Number of hot dogs consumed every Independence Day; for anyone curious, that is enough to stretch from Washington, D.C., to Los Angeles…more than five times
- $6.77 billion: Total spend planned for food on July 4 (there’s clearly more than just hot dogs included in that dollar amount)
- 33: The number of counties (or “census incorporated places”) that have Liberty in their name (coincidentally, there are 11 places with Independence in their name, and there is only 1 place that has Patriot in its name: Patriot, Ind.)
- 0: The number of times the Liberty Bell tolled on July 4, 1776, in honor of the Declaration of Independence
So, there you have it. Go stuff yourself with hot dogs before setting off some fireworks. But, please remember, don’t be a statistic for next year’s July 4 by the numbers.