Happy 4th of July

Of course, this is one of the most important and historic events of our country, but on Independence Day and the day to eat, drink, and, of course, blowing up stuff.

Amateur pyrotechnics smoking posted $ 649 million of his personal fireworks shows in the past year, according to the American Association of pyrotechnics, and Executive Director Julie Heckman only expects that this figure will grow this year.

"We have found in the tough economic conditions, industry has not only survived, it flourished," she says, as well as lending to the relaxation of many of the consumer fireworks laws to raise revenue.

And let's not forget all the important Independence Day picnic, 160 million Americans will run 40 million grills, turn the millions of hot dogs, brats, veggie burgers and tofu ... kabobs?

Here's a look at more than Independence Day celebrations by the numbers:

160 million. The number of people who plan to prepare to celebrate Independence Day. It's about 68 percent of the population, compared to about 64 percent last year, and most of all in the history of observations.

115 million. The number of people who say they will attend the fireworks, compared with 105 million in 2011. I do not like crowds? Try your local town parade, only about 36 million of your neighbors will be the creation of sun beds on the main street to watch the patriotic floats.

$ 649 million. Amount spent on fireworks at home for their backyard fireworks display. Another $ 318 million or so spent on professional show put on by cities and municipalities.

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The average price per gallon of gasoline, according to AAA. Lower gasoline prices, the more consumers to 30 million by some estimates, will accumulate in the family car to enjoy the holiday elsewhere.

$ 2.4 billion. The total amount of people will spend at the grocery story for Independence Day picnic.

$ 59.14. The average price for a picnic July 4. Despite the growing concern over rising food prices, grocery bills for a picnic this year is actually a little cheaper. Last year, revelers spent $ 61.16 for the picnic.

$ 3.6 million. Dollar value of U.S. imports of American flags in 2011. The vast majority, $ 3.3 million, were made in China.

$ 663 071. Dollar value of U.S. flags exported in 2011. The main client? Our neighbor to the south of Mexico, which spent more than $ 80,000 in old stars and stripes.

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The probability that three hot dogs and two kids are you going to eat a picnic in the family came from Iowa. This is because the Hawkeye State is home to nearly 20 million hogs and pigs, and about a third of the overall assessment of the country. Runners? North Carolina and Minnesota, which are also home to many millions of pigs.

7.2 billion. Weight in pounds of all cattle and calves in Texas in 2011. This means that there are about 1 in 6 chance that you bite into a hamburger came from the Lone Star State.

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