Let Data Ring: 7 Fun Facts about the Fourth of July


As we head into the July 4th weekend, many of us are thinking about barbecues, fireworks, and all things red, white, and blue. But given that I work for a data (governance) company, I thought it would be fun to see what kind of data exists about the Fourth of July. And it probably comes as no surprise that a quick Google search returned a plethora of fun facts about the Fourth of July. Here are seven of my favorites:

150,000,000 million: Believe it or not, this is the number of hotdogs consumed on July 4th. Crazy, right?!?

$83 million: Another crazy food fact – this is the amount of money that Americans spent on watermelon for the July 4th holiday in 2016.

80%: The percentage of people that attend a BBQ, picnic, or cookout (and if you’re wondering what the difference is between a BBQ, a picnic, and cookout, check out this Wikipedia definition).

14,000: The number of fireworks displays that occur throughout the United States. And in case you didn’t know, Bristol, RI is where the oldest continuous Fourth of July celebration happens. They started celebrating in 1785!

63%: The percent of people who attend one of these fireworks displays.

56: The number of people who signed the Declaration of Independence. The oldest person to sign was Benjamin Franklin (he was 70 years old), and the youngest was Edward Rutledge at just 26 years old!

2.5 million: The number of people that lived in the United States when the Declaration of Independence was signed in July 1776. That’s just a bit higher than the number of people who lived in Houston, TX in 2016.

Regardless of how you celebrate – from a day at the beach to a barbecue with friends and family to eating an insane number of hotdogs and watermelon slices – we hope you have a fun, safe, Fourth of July holiday weekend.


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