By the Numbers: Fourth of July

Hotdogs, hamburgers, beer, oh my! Click to see a handy guide to Independence Day by the numbers.

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As the barbecue grill masters and beach-goers prep for Independence Day, take a look at the big numbers behind the fireworks, beer, hotdogs and all things July 4.
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While the number of people who will be watching their local fireworks display is uncertain, you can bet it will be a large portion of the population: 316.2 million: The nation's estimated population on July 4, 2013 (U.S. Census)
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And can you believe it? Back in 1776, the estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation was 2.5 million(U.S. Census) That's roughly just a quarter the number of people who live in New York's five boroughs right now.
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207.5 million: The number of pounds of fireworks used during 4th of July festivities in 2012 (American Pyrotechnics Association)
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$218.2 million worth of fireworks were imported from China in 2012, representing the bulk of all U.S. fireworks imported (U.S. Census)
Do you hear that? It's not the loud bang and crack of rockets, but rather the cash registers ringing. Americans spent $645 million on fireworks in 2012 (APA)
If you've ever been burnt by a firework in the backyard on the Fourth of July, you certainly aren't alone. There were 8,600 fireworks-related injuries in 2012 (APA)
The sweet, sweet smell of hotdogs and burgers on the grill is enough to make most Americans salivate. Most Americans who own grills agreed, July Fourth is the most popular grilling holiday (Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association)
Planning an Independence Day cookout is a great wallet-friendly way to celebrate July Fourth. A typical summertime picnic for 10 people costs $57.20, or $5.72 per person (American Farm Bureau Association). That's cheaper than a large Starbucks mocha frappuccino!
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Kobayashi's got nothing on this! Americans will eat an estimated 150 million hot dogs during Fourth of July weekend this year (National Hot Dog and Sausage Council). Hot dog!
Texas produces 13.86 million cows each year, making it the number one beef producing state in the country. Chances are, the meat from your hamburger at your Fourth of July barbecue came from the Lone Star State. (Texas Farm Bureau)
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30 million: The approximate number of hogs raised in Iowa each year, making it the number one pork producing state in the country. The hot dogs you're grilling on Fourth of July probably came from this Midwest state. (Iowa Pork Producers Association)
Guzzling down the suds is par for the holiday. In fact, beer sales soared to $1.36 billion during the two-week period through the weekend after July 4, 2012 (Nielsen)
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And if you decide to hit up a local bar or restaurant during the holiday, expect to pay a little more for your booze. Restaurants charged 7% more on beer prices during July 4, 2012. Restaurants charged about $4.95 on the holiday compared to the rest of the year, when they charged about $4.65. (GuestMetrics)
40.8 million: The number of travelers that will journey at least 50 miles from home this Fourth of July weekend (AAA Travel)
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$747: The average amount of money Fourth of July travelers plan to spend on their trips (AAA Travel)
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60.2%: The percentage of American adults who own an American flag (2011 BIGresearch Consumer Intentions & Actions Survey)
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