When a holiday has a number right there in its name, it just makes us want to take a deep dive into the huge numbers that make the United States’ celebratory day of independence so special.
56: The number of signatories to the Declaration of Independence, ratified on July 4, 1776, and establishing the United States as a country wholly independent from Britain.
1781: That’s the year in which a state marked Independence Day for the first time as an official holiday. That state was the site of so many colonial and American Revolution milestones: Massachusetts.
1785: In that year, the oldest continuous Fourth of July parade held in Bristol, Rhode Island, took place for the first time.
1941: By an act of Congress, Independence Day became a paid federal holiday nationwide.
$1 billion: That’s the estimated amount of Fourth of July beer sales.
155 million: Americans will eat a total of this many hot dogs (give or take) over the course of the holiday.
27: That’s the percentage of Americans with true Fourth of July holiday spirit — those that will wear a red, white, and blue outfit today.
66 percent: Two-thirds of American households will raise and fly the flag today.
32 percent: Just under a third of Americans will hit up a Fourth of July parade.
63: The percentage of Americans who will attend a municipal fireworks display.
14,000: That’s the approximate number of Independence Day fireworks displays. (But only about half take place on the actual fourth of July.)
$100,000: That’s how much it costs the average city or county to put on their fireworks display.
26: The percentage of people who will buy and ignite their own fireworks.
$825 million: This is how much that 26 percent will spend on fireworks in all.
80 percent: The number of Americans who say they’ll attend some kind of picnic, cookout, or barbecue on the holiday.
$43 million: Everyone at those cookouts will use up a lottery jackpot’s worth of barbecue sauce.
$371 million: What’s that barbecue sauce going on? A lot of chicken.
$804 million: But a lot more Americans will opt for beef.