Not just hot dogs: $6.77 billion spent on food today


Happy Fourth of July! It’s time to celebrate the anniversary of America’s own #Brexit with hot dogs, parades and large explosions.

Independence Day — the one in honor of when we decided to eliminate that whole monarchy thing, not the day when aliens attacked — is one of the country’s great holidays. It’s perfect for traveling, eating lots of food and celebrating with friends and family.

The best part is there is no one-size-fits-all template for how to celebrate. So, in honor of the day, here are a few numbers that will put the party in a whole new light:

    • 45 percent (roughly): Percent of people who attend a fireworks display on July 4 (there are more than 14,000 fireworks displays nationwide)
    • $311.7 million: How much fireworks imported from China are worth; the total value of imported fireworks is $324.8 million
    • $4.4 million: The value of American flags imported every year (mostly from China)
    • 2.5 million: The number of people living in the United States in July 1776 (there were 321.4 million people in the country last July 4)
    • 150 million: Number of hot dogs consumed every Independence Day; for anyone curious, that is enough to stretch from Washington, D.C., to Los Angeles…more than five times
  • $6.77 billion: Total spend planned for food on July 4 (there’s clearly more than just hot dogs included in that dollar amount)
  • 33: The number of counties (or “census incorporated places”) that have Liberty in their name (coincidentally, there are 11 places with Independence in their name, and there is only 1 place that has Patriot in its name: Patriot, Ind.)
  • 0: The number of times the Liberty Bell tolled on July 4, 1776, in honor of the Declaration of Independence

So, there you have it. Go stuff yourself with hot dogs before setting off some fireworks. But, please remember, don’t be a statistic for next year’s July 4 by the numbers.


  1. Happy 4th of July everyone! God Bless America! I’m at home baby-sitting the dogs, as they are terrified. I think there are more fireworks in the neighborhood than will be at some of the shows, if you count all the ones that have been going off all the nights before, and tonight, and nights way after the 4th ends. There is no consoling my dogs. I’m watching the celebration at the Capitol on WUCFO with John Stamos as the host…..I love John Stamos, he makes it soooooo worthwhile to watch! Glad the storm blew over! Again, Happy 4th of July everybody!

  2. These fireworks around here in this neighborhood are big ones! They aren’t legal to fire off! This is getting ridiculous. I can’t believe they allow all these tents to set up and sell them. If it had not of rained, and the ground wasn’t wet, I’m sure something would already be on fire……..idiots. The last few nights it was a steady stream of big loud ones, then a lull, that gave you enough time to get back to sleep, then boom boom boom again, and then repeat, until the wee hours of the morning. I guess the neighborhood around Apopka High is full of farmers scaring off birds over their crops……….Isn’t that the forms they sign at the tent sales to buy the big ones? These are the most inconsiderate people I have ever seen around this neighborhood, ridiculous! Maybe they NEED to sell fireworks year round in this state, like in SC, then they wouldn’t be such as big deal, like they are to these idiots here in Flori-duh…..duh…..duh……..X#**%^?L$!!!!

  3. The state troopers were on the prowl on Vick Road again today trying to catch someone speeding or drunk. Be careful if you leave the firework show tonight, and drive down Vick Road leaving off of Poncan.from the firework show, as they might still be prowling Vick, just saying…… husband stepped out the front door of our house and there is so much smoke that he could see the house directly in front of ours across the street….unbelievable!

  4. Apparently my nutty firework happy neighbors and their guests aren’t the only nuts who are certified fools……Joey Chestnut, a true nut, finished the number 1 winner in the men’s Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest today by eating 72 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes! Now that’s a real nut, Joey Chestnut.


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