Happy Birthday, America! Interesting Facts about Celebrating the 4th of July

4th_of_July_Feast_shutterstock_282441158.jpgAlthough much has changed since our founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776, Americans have remained steadfast in celebrating the birth of American independence.

Complete with all things red, white and blue, the day is filled with parades (founded in 1785, the oldest 4th of July parade in the United States is held in historic Bristol, Rhode Island and still being celebrated each year), barbecues, spectacular firework shows, festivals and food. So much food!

Did you know…

  • According to the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council, Americans will consume more than 150 million hot dogs on the 4th of July, the biggest hot dog holiday of the year. [1]
  • Every 4th of July, the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest takes place at the Nathan’s Famous flagship restaurant in Coney Island, Brooklyn. Last year’s winner, Matt Stonie, devoured 62 hot dogs in 10 minutes. [2]
  • In 2015, 64% of Americans attended a cookout, barbecue or picnic. The combined spending on food for these gatherings was $6.7 billion. [3] In addition to hot dogs, 700 million pounds of chicken and 190 million pounds of beef were purchased. [4]
  • The 4th of July weekend is also one of the top selling beer holidays in the United States. It is estimated that Americans will buy $1 billion of beer. Craft beer sales are also expected to shoot up like a firework! [5]

A testament to American freedom, we fire up the barbecue with family, friends and neighbors, we wave flags and march in parades, and we light up the sky with dazzling firework displays. However you celebrate America’s birthday, TMS would like to wish you all a Happy 4th of July!


[1] http://www.hot-dog.org/media/consumption-stats

[2] http://www.nathansfamous.com

[3] https://nrf.com/media/press-releases/americans-ready-barbecues-travel-independence-day

[4] http://blog.marketresearch.com/4th-of-july-a-weekend-of-numbers?utm_campaign=2015_06%20Press%20Releases&utm_medium=Press%20release&utm_source=PRNewswire

[5] http://www.cnbc.com/2015/07/02/1-billion-in-beer-and-other-july-4th-costs.html

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