Monday, July 4, 2011

Independence Day

Happy Fourth of July! Do you love the red, white, and blue as much as I do? From barbecues to fireworks, the Fourth is one of my favorite holidays. Today, our country is busy hanging flags, eating, and partying. Take a look at these top 4 fun facts...

1. When the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776, an estimated 2.5 million people lived in the new nation. Today the country’s estimated population is 311.7 million.

2. $486,026 worth of U.S. flags exported in 2010. The leading customer? Mexico, our neighbors to the south, bought $256,407 worth.

3. In 2007, U.S. manufacturers’ shipments of fireworks and pyrotechnics (including flares, igniters, etc.) valued at $231.8 million.

4. 81 million Americans said they took part in a barbecue in 2010.

Fun Facts courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau for a full list visit here.

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