By Seth Segura Posted on July 3, 2013
A collection of interesting facts and figures…
On July 2, 1776, the thirteen colonies voted to declare independence from Great Britain. John Adams believed that July 2nd was the correct date to celebrate the birth of American Independence, and he declined invitations to July 4th events throughout his life. The rest of America enthusiastically celebrates freedom on July 4th, the day the draft of the Declaration of Independence was approved. Americans celebrate this day with red, white, and blue, stars and stripes, fireworks, and cookouts.
- 1776 – 2.5 million
- 1876 – 39 million
- 1976 – 218 million
- 2013 – 316 million
- 2076 – 520 million estimated
How Americans travel on July 4th:
- 3.2 million by plane.
- 35.5 million by car.
- 3.6 million by other means.
- Top 3 destinations for July 4th:
- Chicago, St. Louis, Boston
July is also National Hot Dog Month:
155 million hot dogs are consumed on July 4th.
25% chance your hot dog is from Iowa.
68: Number of hot dogs Joey Chestnut ate in 10 minutes last year, winning his 6th consecutive Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest.
26% of Americans don’t know which country the U.S. won independence from.
Independence Day is the #1 beer drinking holiday. 68.3 million cases of beer are sold on the 4th of July. The others? Labor Day, Memorial Day, Father’s Day, and Christmas. “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” -Benjamin Franklin
New York City has the largest fireworks display at 22 tons which is the same weight as six elephants. $231.8 million dollars worth of fireworks is sold in the U.S. each year.
Three presidents have died on July 4th:
- Thomas Jefferson – 1826
- John Adams – 1826
- James Monroe – 1831
Battle for the Burger:
- $203 million is spent on condiments
- $193 million is spent on hamburger patties
- 87% of American homes have an indoor grill
- Gas users: 68%
- Charcoal users: 32%
- 66% of barbecuing is done by males