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The 4th of July by the numbers

Americans love food, and eating is their favorite way to celebrate our nation’s Independence Day, according to an annual survey conducted by the National Retail Federation (NRF). The most popular way to celebrate the Fourth of July is to cook out, barbecue, or host a picnic. The NRF says 65.5% of Americans will do just that; we will spend $7.1 billion on food items for the holiday.

Americans will eat 150 million hot dogs on July 4th alone, according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council (NHDSC). Interestingly enough, 61% of Americans prefer beef hot dogs, 12% like pork hot dogs, and 7% prefer turkey, the NHDSC says. 

To give you an idea of just how much meat is grilled between Memorial Day and Labor Day, in 2016 Americans grilled $6,816 billion worth of beef, $4,284 billion worth of pork, and $3,882 billion worth of chicken during that period.

Traveling Americans

This year, a whopping 47.9 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more to celebrate Independence Day. According to AAA, that’s a 3.7% increase over 2021, bringing travel volumes just shy of numbers seen in 2019.

Most, 42 million to be exact, of the traveling Americans will drive to their destinations, despite historically high gas prices.

“Earlier this year, we started seeing the demand for travel increase and it’s not tapering off. People are ready for a break and despite things costing more, they are finding ways to still take that much needed vacation,” says Lloyd Albert of AAA.

Farmers can only hope travelers will be filling up their tanks with ethanol-enhanced fuel.

Fun Facts for the BBQ

In 2016, the amount of American flags imported to the U.S. were valued at $5.4 million and most came from China, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The U.S. also exported enough American flags in 2016 to add up to a value of $27.8 million. Most of the flags, $26.1 million worth, were exported to Mexico. 

In 2015, the U.S. imported $296.2 million worth of fireworks from China.

Back in 2012, the 172 U.S. wholesalers sold $482.6 million worth of fireworks and firecrackers.

A particularly happy Independence Day to those celebrating in patriotic towns and counties like Liberty County, Texas; Liberty Center, Iowa; Patriot Town, Indiana; and Union County, Ohio!

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