On July 4, 1776, the 13 colonies claimed their independence from England after a long war. The event sparked a sense of patriotism and eventually led to the formation of the United States. This year marks America’s 243rd birthday where we celebrate one of our oldest traditions.
We may not bring out a birthday cake, but we sure do know how to throw a party. We dress to theme, make a toast to Uncle Sam, and light up the sky with fireworks. Now, multiply that by 329 million people. That’s a recipe for an unforgettable Independence Day that our Founding Fathers would be proud of.
Check out these Fourth of July fun facts from WalletHub, a personal finance website that also rated Orlando as the No. 19 best place to celebrate the Fourth of July, to learn more about how America celebrates this special holiday.
• 2.5 million – U.S. population in July 1776
• 1785 – Year of the oldest 4th of July parade, held in Bristol, Road Island
• 1941 – Year Congress made Independence Day a paid federal holiday
• 27 – Different official flags used in U.S. history (only the number of stars changed each time)
• 26% – Americans will purchase patriotic merchandise of the Fourth of July
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• 61% – Americans will attend a July 4th picnic
• $6.8 billion – Planned spending on July 4th food
• 700 million – Pounds of chicken purchased the week leading up to July 4th
• 150 million – Hot dogs consumed each 4th of July weekend
• 74 – Record number of hot dogs eaten in 10 minutes
• 1st – Top beer-drinking holiday
• 16,000 – Fireworks displays held each 4th of July
• $1 billion+ – Estimated spending on 4th of July fireworks
• $25-$100 thousand – Cost of hosting a municipal fireworks display
• 67% – Annual fireworks injuries take place within a month of July 4th
• 42% – Decrease in air quality on July 4th because of fireworks
• $6 million – Estimated cost of Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular