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The Fourth of July By the Numbers

July 2, 2019

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.

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