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By Judith Welles

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Get a Life!: Fun facts for the Fourth of July

Thanks to the Census Bureau, the 4th of July 2008 has a number of fun facts. 
Here are a few that you can find on the Web site:

2.5 million:  In July 1776, the estimated number of people living in the new nation.
Source: Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970

304 million: The nation’s population on July 4, 2008.
Source: Population clock

More than 74 million:  Number of Americans who took part in a barbecue during the previous year.  There’s a good chance that many will be at one this Independence Day.
Source: Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2008, Table 1213

Fireworks and Flags

$207 million: The value of fireworks imported from China in 2007. U.S. exports of fireworks came to $14.9 million in 2007, with Japan purchasing more than any other country ($3.8 million).
Source: Foreign Trade Statistics

$4.7 million: In 2007, the dollar value of U.S. imports of American flags, with the vast majority made in China.
Source: Foreign Trade Statistics

$2.4 million: Dollar value of U.S. flags exported in 2007 with Mexico was the leading customer.
Source: Foreign Trade Statistics

I didn’t do this research alone.  It is compiled on USA.gov.  

Posted by Judith Welles on Jul 02, 2008 at 12:13 PM


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