Celebrating Independence Day With a Bounty of American Agriculture
Independence Day of the United States, also referred to as the Fourth of July or July Fourth in the U.S., is a federal holiday. This day commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, by the Continental Congress declaring that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America, and no longer part of the British Empire. Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States.
- Forty-two million Americans will travel 50 or more miles from home during the Fourth of July weekend. If there’s one thing you should probably do on 4th of July, it’s be careful. More so than any other day of the year, 4th of July is the most fatal day of the year, beating out even New Years.
- Total spending on food for this July 4th weekend is expected to reach $6.6 billion.
- Independence Day is the most popular holiday for barbecuing.
- Most popular foods for cooking on the grill: Burgers, steak, hot dogs, chicken.
- 190 million pounds of beef will be consumed with most of the beef hot dogs, steaks and burgers on your backyard grill coming from Texas, Nebraska or Kansas. North Carolina ranks 34th with total number of cattle in the U.S.
- Most of the pork hot dogs and sausages consumed on the Fourth of July originated in Iowa. North Carolina ranks 2nd in the U.S.
- More than 155 million hot dogs are consumed on the Fourth of July, making it the biggest hot dog holiday of the year. To give you an idea of what that means, that’s enough hot dogs to stretch from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C.
- Barbecues have been a White House tradition since Thomas Jefferson.
- If barbecued chicken is part of your cookout, it probably came from Georgia, Arkansas, North Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi or Texas. 750 million pounds of chicken will be consumed.
- President Lyndon B. Johnson hosted the first White House barbecue to feature Texas-style barbecued ribs.
- Side dishes most commonly prepared on the grill are: Corn and potatoes.
- There’s a 33 percent chance that the baked beans for your cookout came from North Dakota.
- If you’re enjoying corn on the cob, there’s a 66 percent chance it came from Florida, California, Georgia, Washington or New York, which produces two-thirds of the nation’s corn crop.
- There’s a 50 percent chance the potatoes in your potato salad or potato chips came from Idaho or Washington State.
- There’s a 70 percent chance the fresh tomatoes in your salad or on your burger came from Florida or California.
- If watermelon is part of your holiday cookout, it likely came from Florida, California, Georgia or Texas.
- There’s a 70 percent chance the lettuce in your salad or on your burger came from California.
- There are 31 U.S. towns or cities with the word “liberty” in their names.
- There are 11 U.S. towns or cities with the word “independence” in their names.
- Americans import more than $240 million in fireworks for holidays, mostly from China.
- Fireworks safety is important each Fourth of July, as thousands of people are injured each year by fireworks displays gone wrong.
- Millions of American flags are actually manufactured abroad. Nearly all of them – 97 percent – came from China last year, which sold us $3.5 million worth.
- The U.S. exports plenty of flags as well. Turkey happens to be the biggest buyer of American-made flags, having purchased $673,000 worth from the U.S. last year.