4th of July Facts, Figures and Fireworks


It's the Fourth of July and we wanted to bring you all the facts and figures tied up in America's birthday.

  • Besides music and fireworks, the Fourth is a major food holiday!
    • It's the biggest hot dog eating holiday of the year with more than 155 million being eaten.
    • While we love apple pie, it's not an American creation as European settlers brought the desert to the colonies.
    • Drink of choice? Well the founding fathers were said to enjoy a double ration of rum in celebration so pour yourself a strong cocktail!
    • Speaking of the founding fathers, instead of chowing down on burgers and hot dogs, they ate turtle soup, salmon, peas and potatoes.
  • Money, money, money
    • American households will spend $7.2 billion on food alone this year
    • An average family of four will spend up to $40 for their celebrations
    • The annual value of imported American flags is about $5.4 million
    • In 2016, Americans spent $800 million on fireworks in 2016 and is expected to go up even higher.
  • Speaking of fireworks...
    • The National Mall sets off almost 6,500 fireworks during their annual celebration.
    • Only 43 states allow some or all types of consumer fireworks
      • Four states only allow novelty ones like sparklers
      • Three states have banned all consumer fireworks.
    • 268 million pounds of fireworks were set off in 2016
    • Air quality has decreases by 42 percent because of Fourth of July firework displays
    • In 2016 there were more than 7,600 recorded firework related injuries
      • Men are more likely to be injured playing with fireworks with the majority group sitting in the age range of 25-44.

To better protect it's citizens, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission released a video showing the dangers of mishandling fireworks.


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