The Fourth of July, a day commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence 237 years ago, is a time for patriotism, spending time with family, and enjoying a nice day off at the office.
Right in time for the big day, we’re providing you with some fun facts about how fellow Americans celebrate the Day of Independence
We Love to Party
The very first “official” 4th of July party was held in 1801 in a very fitting place: You guessed it, the White House.
Yet almost half a century before then, citizens of Bristol, Rhode Island were creating their own big celebration. For well over two centuries, since 1785, this small city has been holding the longest continuous Fourth of July celebration.
Parties bring people together. Fourth of July Patriotism brings America together. Therefore 4th of July puts the “parti” in patriotism. Approximately 41 million of us come together with our fellow Americans and will be celebrating the national holiday at other people’s homes, and 42.3 million Americans will be traveling 50 miles or more from home.
Despite all the legendary parties Americans have been throwing for so long, the Fourth of July wasn’t even a national holiday until 1941!
We Love our Barbecues
If numbers are any indication, Americans will be embracing the tradition of Independence Day barbecues for years and years to come:
Over 74 million Americans plan on barbecuing during the Fourth of July celebrations. About 87% of American homes have an outdoor grill.
Lookout Chicken Little, Americans buy about 700 million pounds of chicken the week preceding the holiday.
We become huge spenders around this time. Americans buy about $193 million worth of hamburger patties in addition to $203 million on mayonnaise, ketchup, and mustard.
And, Fourth of July wouldn’t be nearly as successful as the national holiday of barbequing without its title as the most popular holiday for beer purchases. Over 68.3 million total cases of beer are sold during the Independence Day weekend.
Fireworks, Flags, and Fun…oh my!
Fourth of July wouldn’t be complete with the big three F’s: Fireworks, flags, and fun (of course).
Did you know that around Fourth of July, 25 million pounds of fireworks were sold in US cities for public celebration? There was about $649 million of total revenue in the consumer fireworks industry, and additional $318 million revenue from the display fireworks industry.
Americans import about $233 million of fireworks from China each year, the country where fireworks were originally invented.
In 2011, about 60.2% of US families owned an American flag. $3.6 million of US flags are imported, and $663,071 of flags is exported, with Mexico as the leading buyer.
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