Independence Day Holiday Weekend: By the Numbers
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The Independence Day holiday weekend is one of the most popular holidays in the United States, and the numbers associated with the festivities might surprise you.
According to AAA, there will be 43 million travelers hitting the road for the Fourth of July weekend, which will be an all-time record if it comes to fruition and will be five million more people compared to the Memorial Day holiday weekend earlier this year.
In addition to the astounding number of people traveling for Independence Day, WalletHub provided some additional statistics that will shock most Americans. For starters, U.S. citizens will spend $6.77 billion total on food for the holiday.
Of the almost $7 billion worth of food, there will be 150 million hot dogs, 700 million pounds of chicken and a stunning 900 million pounds of beef consumed during Fourth of July celebrations this year alone.
For the beer drinkers, there is more alcohol consumed on Independence Day than any other holiday each year. While drinking can add some spice to an already fun party, people must be safe with the consumption of booze, as 41 percent of Fourth of July car crashes involve alcohol impairment.
WalletHub provided an infographic about the holiday weekend:
Another major part of any Independence Day celebration are the fireworks. In total, Americans are expected to spend at least $324 million on the importation of fireworks to the U.S., mostly coming from China.
Just like alcohol, though, party-goers must be cautious with fireworks. With 43 percent of Americans partaking in a fireworks display and 67 percent of all annual fireworks injuries taking place within a month of July 4th, the danger is very real.
While Independence Day is all about celebrating the history of the United States with friends, family and neighbors, it’s imperative to use good judgment and common sense to avoid any danger that could dampen everyone’s good time.
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