It’s Independence Day in the United States today and for those of you who have the day off, enjoy it! Ryan and I are taking half of the day off to go BBQ with some friends and watch fireworks later on tonight, so this is our last post for the day.




Here are some interesting 4th of July statistics for your amusement (source):

—4th of July by Numbers—

  • Number of hotdogs to be consumed on July 4th – 150 million
  • Amount of chicken purchased in the week leading up to July 4th – 700 million pounds
  • Amount of red meat/pork purchased in the week leading up to July 4th: 190 million pounds
  • Percentage of American households with outdoor grills: 87%
  • Amount of fireworks sold to individuals for personal celebrations in 2006: 252 million pounds
  • Amount of fireworks sold to cities and municipalities for public celebrations last year: 25 million pounds
  • Amount of fireworks sold to individuals for personal celebrations in 2000: 102 million pounds
  • Total dollar amount spent on fireworks in 2007: 900 million dollars
  • Total dollar amount spent on fireworks in 200: 350 million dollars
  • Dollar amount of fireworks imported to the US from China in 2006: 212 million
  • Dollar amount of American flags imported into the US from China in 2006: 5 million

— Fireworks!—

Other than the fireworks show that was going on in the parking lot last night at 3 AM when I was trying to sleep, I like them! I’ve always heard that the Macy’s Fireworks in New York are awesome, but I have yet to see them in person. I  also know there are some pretty amazing Fireworks shows around the World, so where’s the best fireworks that you’ve seen?

Note for tomorrow: Posting will be light tomorrow as well so that we can prep to launch the new site!