4th of July by the Numbers

1776. July 4. The thirteen original colonies.

There are many numbers that Americans are familiar with when it comes to Independence Day. But what about the lesser known statistics? Take a look at these interesting facts and numbers about the Fourth.

  • 2.5 million: The estimated number of people living in the new nation in July 1776
  • 316.1 million: The nation's estimated population on this July 4th
  • 190.7 million: The value of fireworks imported from China in 2010, representing the bulk of all U.S. fireworks imported ($197.3 million)
  • 31: Towns with "liberty" in their names. Iowa has the most of any state with four.
  • 35: Places with "eagle" in their names. The most populous is Eagle Pass, TX (26,248)
  • More than 1 in 4: The chance that the hot dogs and pork sausages consumed on July 4 originated in Iowa.
  • Over 1 in 3: The odds that your side dish of baked beans originated from North Dakota, which produced 36 percent of the nation's dry, edible beans in 2010.
  • 2.5 Billion Pounds: The amount of watermelons grown in the United States
  • 74 Million: The number of American who will barbeque on July 4th

Source: Military.com