Happy Fourth of July, 2016!

I can certainly appreciate a deep bass voice.   I hope you enjoy this version of the Star Spangled Banner performed by Josh Turner.

Here are a few statistics on how we celebrate this holiday!

  • 63% attend a fireworks display
  • 66% display an American flag (rules for properly displaying)
  • 76% get together with family
  • 32% watch a 4th of July parade
  • 26% set off their own fireworks
  • 80% attend a barbecue, picnic, or cookout
  • 150,000,000 hot dogs consumed (did you know that 33% of all hot dogs produced in the U.S. come from Iowa?)
  • 700 million pounds of chicken purchased (in the week leading up to the July 4th)
  • 190 million pounds of red meat/pork purchased
  • 2,500,000 people living in America when the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence
  • 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence
  • 11 places in the U.S. with “Independence” in their name
  • 14,000 fireworks displays

Source: Statistic Brain Research Institute, CNN, the Herald Tribune, U.S. Census Bureau (2015)

And, according to the American Pyrotechnics Association, here are some fireworks-related statistics (for 2014):

  • $332 million = display fireworks revenue
  • $695 million = consumer fireworks revenue
  • 225.3 million pounds = total fireworks consumption
    • 201.6 million pounds = consumer fireworks
    • 23.7 million pounds = display fireworks
  • 10,500 estimated fireworks-related injuries
  • 4.6 injuries per 100,000 pounds
  • 17,800 fires associated with fireworks (2011 data)
  • 7.6 fires per 100,000 pounds of fireworks (2011 data)

Source: Industry Facts and Figures, American Pyrotechnic Association

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