Some 4th of July Numbers
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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