'How many hot dogs do Americans eat on the 4th of July?' and other Independence Day numbers
Jason Russell, The Examiner | 7/4/2017, 11:06 a.m.
Americans are known for being patriotic every day of the year, but Independence Day, the Fourth of July, is the peak display of that. Sit back in your red, white and blue attire, pet a bald eagle and enjoy this list of patriotic facts:
Number of hot dogs eaten on the Fourth of July. According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, that's enough hot dogs to make a line from Washington, D.C., to Los Angeles more than five times.
Rules and regulations add up to this much to the cost of food for a family of four on the Fourth of July, according to the American Action Forum. The group says that, between hamburgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob, beer and fireworks, more than 2,000 federal regulations affect Fourth of July celebrations.
How much American households will spend on food alone for the Fourth of July, up from $6.8 billion last year, according to the National Retail Federation.
Years since July 4, 1776. Happy 241th Birthday, America!
Age of the official National Anthem. Although "The Star-Spangled Banner" was written more than a century earlier, the song was not officially designated as the National Anthem until 1931. Before that, there was no official anthem.
Number of fireworks shells shot off over the National Mall on July 4 for the National Park Service's annual celebration.
Number of states that allow some or all types of consumer fireworks. Four states allow only novelty items, such as sparklers. Three states ban all consumer fireworks.
Amount, in pounds, of fireworks consumed in 2016, according to the American Pyrotechnics Association. That's down from 285 million in 2015. More than 90 percent of fireworks are used by consumers, not formal spectator displays.
Share of Americans who will attend the 16,000 various fireworks displays held on the Fourth of July.
Decrease in air quality on July 4 because of fireworks, as measured by the level of fine particulate matter in the air. (Thanks for the buzzkill, NOAA.)
Number of people who signed the Declaration of Independence — although not all of them signed it on July 4, 1776.
The number of different official flags the United States has used. The last change was made on July 4, 1960, with the addition of the 50th star. The current version is the longest-running one.
Share of Americans who own an American flag.
The number of bald eagles found in North America. But only about 10,000 live in the lower 48 states.
Share of Americans who prefer mustard on their hot dog. A slight majority say they also like ketchup on their hot dogs, despite Dirty Harry's declaration that, "Nobody, I mean nobody, puts ketchup on a hot dog."
How many Americans will travel (more than 50 miles) for the Fourth of July, a record number according to AAA. It helps that gas is four cents cheaper per gallon this year compared to last year.
Number of countries that celebrate July 4 as their national liberation holiday: Rwanda, the Philippines and the United States.
Number of words in the original Pledge of Allegiance, written by Francis Bellamy in 1892. "I pledge allegiance to my flag and to the republic for which it stands — one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
Approximate runtime of Lee Greenwood's famous song, "God Bless the USA." (Now it's stuck in your head. Sorry about that.)
Number of soldiers believed to have taken part in the Revolutionary War on the American side. In contrast, World War II had 74 times as many.
Number of steps from the Statue of Liberty's lobby to its crown. The statue's original torch was replaced in 1986.
554 feet, 7 and 11/32 inches
Height of the Washington Monument. The ultra-specific measurement was taken after the 2011 earthquake that shut down the monument for years, but the earthquake was found to have no effect on the Monument's height.
Number of nations in the universe better than the good ol' U.S. of A.