Some 4th of July Numbers

By Andrea Karim on 3 July 2007 comments
Photo: David W

July 4th is such a good time. There's something for everyone - getting tanked with your friends, hanging out with your family, the smell of the barbeque, the spectacular fireworks. I always love the collective sounds that crowds make when watching fireworks. Not exactly "ooh" and "ahh", but more like "Holy crap! A smiley face!"

And because I love statistics almost as much as I love fireworks, here are some stats on America's Independence Day celebrations:

Number of hotdogs to be consumed on July 4th: 150 million

Amount of chicken purchased in the week leading up to July 4th: 700 million pounds

Amount of red meat/pork purchased in the week leading up to July 4th: 190 million pounds

Percentage of American households with outdoor grills: 87

Number of Americans who will spend the holiday at someone else's home: 41 million

Amount of fireworks sold to individuals for personal celebrations in 2006: 252 million pounds

Amount of fireworks sold to cities and municipalities for public celebrations last year: 25 million pounds

Amount of fireworks sold to individuals for personal celebrations in 2000: 102 million pounds

Total dollar amount spent on fireworks in 2007: 900 million dollars

Total dollar amount spent on fireworks in 2000: 350 million dollars

Perecentage fewer people injured by fireworks in 2006 than in 2000: 16

Percentage of fireworks sales that take place in late June and early July: 80

Number of people injured by fireworks in 2006: 9,200

Dollar amount of fireworks imported to the US from China in 2006: 212 million

Dollar amount of American flags imported into the US from China in 2006: 5 million

Number of places in the US with "independence" in their name: 11

Numbers taken from CNN.com, The Herald Tribute, and the US Census Bureau.

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