The Fourth of July, 2010

Written by Rochelle Krueger, Lecturer/User Services Librarian

On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation. As always, this most American of holidays will be marked by parades, fireworks and backyard barbecues across the country.  Here are some interesting facts compiled by the United States Census Bureau.

  • Population: 2.5 million: In July 1776, the estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation.
    Source: Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970
    309.6 million:
    The nation’s estimated population on this July Fourth, 2010
    Source: Population clock
  • Flags: $3.0 million: In 2009, the dollar value of U.S. imports of American flags. The vast majority of this amount ($2.5 million) was for U.S. flags made in China.
    Source: Foreign Trade Statistics
  • Fireworks: $209 million: The value of fireworks imported from China in 2009, representing the bulk of all U.S. fireworks imported ($217 million). U.S. exports of fireworks, by comparison, came to just $42.9 million in 2009, with the United Arab Emirates purchasing more than any other country ($14.5 million).
    Source: Foreign Trade Statistics
  • Barbecues: 76 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.
    Source: Educator Update:  Census in Schools, June 2009

    Stop by the Calvin T. Ryan Library or browse through the Library’s catalog.  Many statistical items of interest can be easily identified.  If you need assistance, please let us know.