Facts about 4th of July

Fourth of July Survey

A survey by the National Retail Federation reveals that over 210 million Americans plan to celebrate the 4th of July. Other findings:

- over 160 million Americans plan to celebrate Independence Day with a picnic or barbecue.

- 65% of Americans own a U.S. flag

- 53% of Americans own patriotic-themed apparel

- 44% of Americans will attend a fireworks show on Independence Day

- 14% of people will attend an Independence Day parade.

- Americans will spend over $7.1 billion on food for Independence Day barbecues and picnics. That's up from $6.8 billion last year

Big Bang Boom

A survey by Wallethub reveals that over 150 million hot dogs will be eaten on Independence Day. Other findings:

- 700 million pounds of chicken will be purchased this week for Independence Day barbecues.

- $4.4 million worth of American flags are sold annually. Most of the flags are made in China.

- over $324 million worth of Chinese fireworks will be imported into the U.S.

- 67% of all fireworks injuries take place in late June or early July

The Coney Island Hot Dog Eating Contest is on July 4th. A survey by Zagat reveals that 50% of Americans put both ketchup and mustard on their hot dogs.

Grillin' and Chillin'

A survey by Weber Grills reveals that 84% of people plan to grill on July 4th. Other findings:

- 51% of people post Selfies online while they are grilling

- 81% of people believe the food they grill is the same or better than a restaurant

- 83% of people rate themselves as "excellent" or "decent" grillers.

- 80% of grillers use at least two barbecue sauces

- 64% of grillers use marinades, rubs and seasonings on their meats

- Grilled vegetables (19%) and corn on the cob (18%) are the two most popular foods served with grilled meat

Chillin and Grillin Part 2

With Independence Day just around the corner, Weber Grills says burgers, at 68%, are the most grilled item followed by steak (48%), chicken (43%), hot dogs (39%) and ribs (17%).

- Weber asked what foods grillers found "most challenging" to grill: Smores topped the list with 34% followed by grilled fruit (22%).

- fewer than 20% of us will NOT be grilling on July 4th. Other top occasions for grilling: Birthdays: 67% and Labor Day: 66%.

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