July 4 Fun Facts

With Independance Day, which commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, coming up Friday — I thought some July 4 fun facts were in order.

  • Did you know that there are 30 places with the name “Liberty”?
  • $7.9 million — the dollar value of U.S. imports of American flags in 2002; more than half of this amount ($5.2 million) was for U.S. flags made in China.
  • 32.5 million — the number of foreign-born residents in the United States in 2002
  • $128.8 million — the value of fireworks imported from China, representing the bulk of all U.S. fireworks imports ($135.6 million) in 2002.
  • 2.5 million — in July 1776, the estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation.
  • More than 74 million — number of Americans who said they have taken part in a barbecue during the previous year

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