The 4th Of July is my absolute favorite holiday! Something about the fireworks, family, food and the good ol' USA makes me all fuzzy inside! here are some facts I bet ya didn't know!

#1.)  Americans spend $111 MILLION on popsicles and charcoal for July 4th weekend.

#2.)  Americans spend $203 MILLION just on CONDIMENTS for July 4th.  That's more than the $193 MILLION we spend on hamburger patties.

 #3.)  No July 4th spending compares to FIREWORKS . . . we spend at least $600 MILLION on 'em nationwide.

 #4.)  Over 80% of the American flags in the U.S. were made in China.

 #5.)  When America became an independent nation in 1776, it had a population of 2.5 million.  Now the population is over 311 million.

 #6.)  Last year, New York City had the largest fireworks display in the U.S.  It included 22 tons of fireworks . . . about the same weight as six elephants.

 #7.)  Last year there were 11,000 firework-related injuries . . . more than half of which were minor burns on the hands.  There was only one death . . . and that was a guy balancing a mortar shell in a tube on his head.

 #8.)  The 4th of July is the biggest holiday for beer sales, with approximately 68.3 MILLION cases of beer sold.  The rest of the top five, in order are:  Labor Day, Memorial Day, Father's Day (--awesome), and Christmas. 

Have yourself a SAFE and HAPPY 4th OF JULY!

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