With tomorrow being a holiday, I don't foresee too many people on the computer so I wanted to wish you all an early happy 4th of July. And to please be safe on the roads. The 4th of July has repeatedly ranked as the deadliest holiday of the year - even deadlier than New Year's Day. According to Fox Business News, nearly 51% of all deadly traffic crashes on July 4th are related to alcohol. For your safety and those around you, please do not drink and drive.
And because I love statistics almost as much as I love fireworks, here are some fun facts and stats on America's Independence Day celebrations to leave you with:
-America will drink more soda on this day, than on New Years and Christmas combined.
-This 4th of July, an estimated 150 million hot dogs will be consumed. That's roughly 1 dog for every two people in the U.S!
-There are one in four chances that the hot dogs and pork sausages you are eating on Independence day will come from the State of Iowa. Indeed, in March 2010, Iowa was home to about 18.9 millions of hogs and pigs.
-And what about those juicy steaks and chargrilled burgers? Chances are very high your beef is coming from Texas, the Lone Star State. In 2008, Texas produced 6.5 billion pounds of cattle, about 1/6 of the total main production in the United States.
-Are baked beans on your table? Chances are one in three that your baked beans were produced in North Dakota. Indeed, this state produced about 34% of the nations production of dry edible beans in 2009.
-Potato salad is one the most appreciated foods served for the Nation's birthday. Chances are very high the potatoes you are eating come from Idaho or Washington State. Indeed, half of the Nation's productions comes from these States in 2010.
-If fireworks are in your Independence day plans consider that 209 million dollars is the value of fireworks that were imported from China in 2009. A quite pricey way to celebrate, but after all, what is a Fourth of July without fireworks?
-Ironically, the majority of the nation's flags and patriotic paraphernalia is produced in China. Nearly $349 million dollars are used each year to import in the flags, banners, decorations, and emblems.