Before you head off to enjoy the barbecues and fireworks, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s time for our annual Independence Day fact file. HereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s this most American of holidays by the numbers, courtesy of the Census Bureau:
2.5 million: In July 1776, the estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation.
311.7 million: The nationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s estimated population on this July Fourth.
$98.3 billion: Dollar value of trade last year between the United States and the United Kingdom, making the British, our adversary in 1776, our sixth-leading trading partner today.
$190.7 million: The value of fireworks imported from China in 2010, representing the bulk of all U.S. fireworks imported ($197.3 million). U.S. exports of fireworks, by comparison, came to just $37.0 million in 2010, with Japan purchasing more than any other country ($6.3 million).
81 million: Number of Americans who said they have taken part in a barbecue during the previous year. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s probably safe to assume a lot of these events took place on Independence Day.
Have a safe and happy holiday!