Independence Day Fun Facts

The Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress on July 4th, 1776, “setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation.”

“2.5 million
In July 1776, the estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation.

316.2 million
The nation’s estimated population on this July Fourth.

56
Numbers of signers to the Declaration of Independence.

$218.2 million
The value of fireworks imported from China in 2012, representing the bulk of all U.S. fireworks imported ($227.3 million). U.S. exports of fireworks, by comparison, came to just $11.7 million in 2012, with Israel purchasing more than any other country ($2.5 million).

$614,115
Dollar value of U.S. flags exported in 2012. Mexico was the leading customer, purchasing $188,824 worth.

$109.8 billion
Dollar value of trade last year between the United States and the United Kingdom, making the British, our adversary in 1776, our sixth-leading trading partner today.”

Source: http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/cb13-ff14.html

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