4th of July by the Numbers

Independence Day is just around the corner, and this year’s festivities are sure to bring a welcome wave of fun in the sun for many around the nation! To gear up for the big weekend, read on for some interesting facts & figures surrounding this year’s holiday to share with your class, colleagues, and friends.


Americans are expected to spend an eye-popping $1.5 billion on fireworks this year for the 4th of July! Last year, $319 million worth of fireworks were imported into the United States, with 95% of them coming from China. Over 33% of Americans will attend one of the 14,000 firework displays across the country. What’s the minimum insurance coverage for a fireworks display? A whopping $5 million.

65% percent of Americans say fireworks are their favorite part of the holiday. Americans will go a long way to watch all those fireworks, too. At least 48 million people will travel over 50 miles from home throughout the holiday weekend. That’s far more than the only 2.5 million total U.S. residents on July 4th, 1776!

Then there’s another cornerstone of this national holiday: the food! In total, Americans are expected to spend $7.5 billion this year on July 4th food—including 150 million hot dogs and 700 million pounds of chicken. See the complete grocery list linked below. 

Seeing stars from these numbers? Feel free to incorporate them in a summer class. If you are looking for more fun facts and figures, check out this infographic from WalletHub.

Happy Fourth of July from all of us at Hawkes Learning!


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