10 July Fourth facts to impress your friends

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This weekend, millions of families will fire up their grills as America prepares to celebrate Independence Day with neighborhood block parties, firework spectacles and parades commemorating the nation’s birth. Here’s 10 facts you need to know to be a July Fourth rock star.

1. The most people will travel this Independence Day since 2007.

According to AAA, 41.9 million people will travel at least 50 miles from home to celebrate Independence Day. – the highest figure since 2007, when 42.3 million people traveled.

Travel during July 4th holiday weekend (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty).
Traffic makes its way along Interstate 80 on July 1, 2015 in San Francisco, California. AAA is projecting that nearly 42 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more over the Fourth of July weekend, the largest number since 2007.
Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty

2. July 4 is tied with Labor Day as the second most popular day for beef consumption.

A Purdue University Animal Education study found the most popular day for beef consumption to be Memorial Day. 

Cooking burgers and tailgating (Photo by Brian Finke/Gallery Stock).
Cooking burgers and tailgating.
Photo by Brian Finke/Gallery Stock

3. 64% of Americans will attendbarbecue or cookout.

The National Retail Federation estimates that American households will spend an average of $71.23 per household on food for cookouts, up from $68.16 last year.

American barbecue scene with hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill (Photo by Gabriela Herman/Gallery Stock).
American barbecue scene with hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill. 
Photo by Gabriela Herman/Gallery Stock

 4. 43% of Americans will watch fireworks or go to a community celebration.

Karim Simmons, of the Bronx, waves an American flag while watching the fireworks explode over the Hudson river during Macy's annual fireworks display on July 4, 2009 in New York.
Karim Simmons, of the Bronx, waves an American flag while watching the fireworks explode over the Hudson river during Macy’s annual fireworks display on July 4, 2009 in New York. 
Photo by Mary Altaffer/AP

 5. 12% of Americans will attend a parade.

An aerial performer does the splits while hanging from a moving tow truck while performing at the Crested Butte 4th of July parade.
An aerial performer does the splits while hanging from a moving tow truck while performing at the Crested Butte 4th of July parade.
Photo by Dan Krauss/Gallery Stock

6. The total amount of money used for food for barbecues, cookouts and picnics is estimated to be $6.7 billion.

Additionally, 48% of celebrants will hit decoration stores up to bring style to their celebrations. 

Fourth of July-themed picnic paper goods are seen displayed at a Target store in Rosemont, Ill. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty).
Fourth of July-themed picnic paper goods are seen displayed at a Target store in Rosemont, Ill.
Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty

7. Americans will eat 150 million hot dogs.

The amount of hot dogs estimated to be eaten is enough to stretch from New York to Los Angeles more than five times.

A man carries a plate of hot dogs in preparation for a hot dog eating contest. (Photo by Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post/Getty).
A man carries a plate of hot dogs in preparation for a hot dog eating contest. 
Photo by Hyoung Chang/ The Denver Post/Getty



8. Americans will buy 63.5 million cases of beer over the holiday.

It’s the biggest holiday of the year for beer sales. 

A customer places a case of beer on the checkout counter in Marysville, Pa. (Photo by Carolyn Kaster/AP).
A customer places a case of beer on the checkout counter in Marysville, Pa. 
Photo by Carolyn Kaster/AP

9. American consumers spent $1.4 billion on hot dogs in 2011.

Sisters Annie and Malin both eat hot dogs. (Photo by David L Ryan/The Boston Globe/Getty)
Sisters Annie and Malin both eat hot dogs.
Photo by David L Ryan/The Boston Globe/Getty

10. The amount of chicken purchased the week before the holiday is 700 million pounds.

chickens are grilled on spits in rows on a grill. (Photo by Frank Bienewald/LightRocket/Getty).
Chickens are grilled on spits in rows on a grill.
Photo by Frank Bienewald/LightRocket/Getty

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10 July Fourth facts to impress your friends

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