of July Fun Facts & Trivia
4th of July by the Numbers
On this day in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental
Congress, starting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation. As always, this most American of holidays will be marked
by parades, fireworks and backyard barbecues across the country.
Number of places nationwide with "liberty" in their name. The most
populous one is Liberty, Missouri
(29,149). Iowa has more of these places than any other state: four
(Libertyville, New Liberty, North Liberty and West Liberty).
have "independence" in their name. The most populous of these
is Independence, Missouri, with 116,830 residents.
adopted the name "freedom." New Freedom, Pennsylvania with 4,464 residents, has the largest population among these.
one place named "patriot" — Patriot, Indiana,
with a population of 209.
could be more fitting than spending the day in a place called
"America"? There are five such places in the country, with the
most populous being American Fork, Utah,
with 26,263 residents.
of July Barbecue
As with many
holidays, the 4th of July celebration includes food,
drink and the realization of how fortunate we are as a nation.
than 81 million
of Americans who said they have taken part in a barbecue during
the previous year. It's probably safe to assume a large number of
these events took place on the Fourth.
do not have a fixed menu for the celebration of the Fourth, you
can almost count on traditional favorites such as hamburgers and
hot dogs, chicken, ribs, garden salads, potato salad, chips and
watermelon. Following is a summary of where these foods come from:
1-in-6 chance the beef on your backyard grill came from Texas.
The Lone Star State is the leader in the production of cattle
on your barbecue grill probably came from one of the top broiler-producing
Carolina and Mississippi.
in your salad or on your hamburger probably was grown in California,
which accounts for nearly three-quarters of USA lettuce production.
in your salad most likely came from Florida or California, which,
combined, produced more than two-thirds of U.S. tomatoes. The
ketchup on your hamburger or hot dog probably came from California,
which accounts for 95 percent of processed tomato production.
As to potato
salad or potato chips or fries, Idaho
produces about one-half of the nation's spuds.
six states — California, Florida, Texas, Georgia, Arizona
and Indiana — combined to produce about 80 percent of watermelons
And the apples in your apple pie? They most likely came from Washington or New York, the two top apple producing states.
of July Fireworks
The value of fireworks imported from China,
representing the bulk of all U.S. fireworks imports ($197.3 million)
in 2010. U.S. exports of fireworks, came to just $37 million in 2010, with Japan purchasing more than any other country ($6.3 million). .
The dollar value of U.S. imports of American flags in 2010;
more than half of this amount ($2.8 million) was for U.S. flags
made in China.
Dollar value of exports of U.S. flags in 2010. Mexico
was the leading customer, purchasing $256,407 worth.
The number of U.S. flags that are flown 24 hours a day at the Washington Monument in Washington DC. Other places where American flags are flown continuously include Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland; the United States Marine Corp Memorial (Iwo Jima) in Arlington, Virginia; on the Battle Green in Lexington, Massachusetts; and over the White House in our nation's capitol.
Number of visits in a recent year to US national parks —
a particularly scenic locale for a July 4th picnic. There
were 766 million visits in a recent year to another popular picnic
venue — state parks or recreation areas. Those in California
(80 million), Ohio (59 million), New York (56 million), Washington
(48 million) and Illinois (44 million) recorded the highest number
You may or may
not be able to picnic there, but a visit to a national historical
site is a particularly fitting way to celebrate our nation's heritage.
In a recent year, about 72 million people flocked to national historical
sites and 24 million to national monuments.
Coming to America
The number of foreign-born residents in the United States in 2003. They accounted for 11.7 percent of the nation's total population.
1-in-3 foreign-born residents were naturalized U.S. citizens.
foreign-born population, 53 percent were born in Latin
America, 25 percent in Asia,
14 percent in Europe and the remaining 8 percent in other regions
of the world, such as Africa
British are Coming!
are coming! The British are coming!" These days, this cry applies
to tourists rather than "redcoats." Nearly 5 million tourists from
the UK visited the United States in a recent year, more than from
any other country except Japan.
Dollar volume of trade last year between the United States and the
United Kingdom, making the U.K., our adversary in 1776, our sixth-leading
trading partner today.
U.S. Census Bureau