The fourth of July is a special holiday for many Americans. Not only we do we have the financial freedom of buying too much BBQ for our friends and family, but we also have the financial luxury of blowing things up real good.
Statistically speaking, these are the most common purchases on 4th of July: brisket and firecrackers. Two things as American as apple pie, apparently.
162,000,000 Americans plan to spend food, time, and BBQ ingredients on 4th of July for cookouts and picnics. Of those 162 million Americans, each will spend $73.42 on average. And roughly 32.9 million Americans will celebrate 4th of July away from home.
When you combine the money spent on travel, and food, not even counting the omnipresent fireworks, you’ll be down in a foxhole made by M80’s in no time.
We talked about how to save money traveling for Memorial Day, and the same is true of 4th of July. Learn to save as best you can by using apps for best gas prices, and don’t leave those tires under-inflated.
We also hope you didn’t forget that there’s a recipe for corn dog muffins, which also allows you can to keep those 10 year olds satisfied without breaking the bank for Chik-Fil-A.
We know you’ll spend plenty of money on fireworks too. But just how much?
First, a history lessons: the idea of eating BBQ and popping fireworks can be traced all the way back to John Adams, who famously wrote, “It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.” That was in 1776, in his letters to his wife, about what 4th of July should look like.
Fireworks themselves originated in 19th century China, when they figured out how to properly mix potassium with nitrate and charcoal. Those fireworks eventually found their way to America. And just as they do every year where you can find a youtube video of firework fails, the same was true 100 years ago.
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Americans set off 17 million pounds of fireworks every July. Plus another 170 million pounds by amateurs at home. The mixture of glitter, starch, and gunpowder that make up each firecracker is not something we’ve perfected.
11,400: that’s the number of people who injure themselves in firework related incidents each year. So please, be careful everyone. Spend your money as wisely as you handle each firework. Remember Jefferson’s famous last words, and enjoy your time celebrating the red, white, and blue.
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