The Fourth of July 2011

Before you head off to enjoy the barbecues and fireworks, it’s time for our annual Independence Day fact file. Here’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 nation’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. It’s probably safe to assume a lot of these events took place on Independence Day.

Have a safe and happy holiday!

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