Thanks to the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Retail Federation, here’s a look at the Fourth of July, 2013, here in a country born of 13 states 237 years ago.
1776: On July 4 of that year, the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress.
2.5 million: The estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation.
316.2 million: The estimated population today.
56: The number of men who signed the Declaration of Independence.
70: Age of the oldest signatory, Benjamin Franklin.
26: Age of Edward Rutledge, the youngest.
2: Future presidents – John Adams and Thomas Jefferson – signed.
12 and 26: The number of U.S. counties named for Adams and Jefferson, respectively.
2: The number of counties in Washington named for Adams and Jefferson.
$218.2 million: The value of fireworks imported from China in 2012.
$11.7 million: The value of U.S. fireworks exports (primarily to Israel).
$3.8 million: The value of U.S. imports of American flags in 2012.
$3.6 million: The value of U.S. imports of American flags in 2012 from China.
$614,115: The value of U.S. exports of American Flags in 2012 (primarily to Mexico).
59: Place-names in the U.S. that contain the word “Liberty.”
$109.8 billion: Latest count of the value of trade between the U.S. and its former colonial master, the United Kingdom.
65.9 million: Number of all hogs and pigs (think hot dogs and ribs) in the U.S. on March 1, 2013
6: Number of states in which the value of broiler chicken production was estimated at $1 billion or greater between December 2011 and November 2012.
144 million: Americans over 18 years old will celebrate the Fourth of July by attending or hosting a cookout, barbecue or picnic.
98 million: Adults will watch fireworks or attend a community celebration on the holiday.
27 million: Americans will be on vacation.
123 million: Americans, or 60.8 percent of the population, own an American flag.