Thanks to the U.S. Census Bureau state Office of Financial Management and the National Retail Federation, here’s a look at the Fourth of July 2016 — by the numbers.
2.5 million: Estimated population of our newly independent nation in July, 1776.
Nearly 7.2 million: Population of Washington state in 2016.
322.7 million: Estimated U.S. population at the start of 2016.
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$311.7 million: Value of fireworks imported from China in 2015.
$12.7 million: Value of fireworks exported in 2015, with Singapore the largest customer.
$368.6 million: Retail fireworks sales in the U.S. in 2012.
$4.4 million: Value of imports of U.S. flags in 2015, primarily from China ($4.3 million).
$3.1 million: Value of U.S. flags exported in 2015, primarily to Mexico ($2.4 million).
$114.1 billion: Value of trade between U.S. and the United Kingdom in 2015.
214 million: Americans intend to celebrate this weekend’s holiday.
$6.8 billion: The amount they are expected to spend on the celebration.
$71.34: Average to be spent on food at barbecues and picnics.
43 percent: Of Americans will watch a fireworks show.
12 percent: Will attend a parade.
31 million: Americans will leave town for the holiday.
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