We all think of the same things when planning for Independence Day.
It wouldn't be the Fourth of July without fireworks, food, patriotic music and friends.
The festivities around the United States do vary from small towns to larger cities. But whether you are on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. or on Main Street in Middle, U.S.A, some things stay the same wherever you choose to celebrate.
Here are some interesting facts about our nation's great holiday:
- There are approximately 14,000 fireworks displays throughout the country on and around July 4th, according to the American Pyrotechnics Association
- In 2016, an estimated 24.5 million pounds of explosives were detonated.
- Number of people living in America when the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence: 2,500,000
- Number of people who signed the Declaration of Independence: 56
- Number of places in the US with "Independence" in their name: 11
- Percent of people who display an American flag: 66 %
- Percent of people who get together with family: 76 %
- Percent of people who attend a barbecue, picnic or cookout: 80 %
- Number of hot dogs consumed on July 4th each year: 150,000,000
- Annual value of U.S. flags imported from China: $5,000,000
In 1777, on the first anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, Philadelphia marked the day with fireworks, beginning the tradition that has grown over the last 200 years. John Adams, credited with suggesting “bells, bonfires, and illuminations,” for the event, would undoubtedly be thrilled and impressed with today’s pyrotechnic shows. And might enjoy some potato salad and Popsicles.
Be safe this July 4th, have fun with family and friends, and enjoy the show.