We love data here at Level, so we wanted to put together a list of 4th of July facts that are all based on data. Some are a little silly and some may even surprise you!. From food to travel to fireworks, we have 13 facts (13 colonies – get it?!) that you can share at your family barbecue tomorrow.
- Current reigning champs for the Nathan’s Hot Dog annual 4th of July Hotdog eating contest are Joey Chestnut (72 Hotdogs) and Miki Sudo (41 Hotdogs).
- Americans will consume about 150 million hot dogs in 2018.
- Americans will spend about $150 million on watermelon in 2018.
- According to the National Retail Federation, Americans will spend about 6.9 billion dollars on food and drink for the 4th.
- 46.9 million Americans are planning to travel 50 miles or more away from their homes for the 4th of July – a 5 percent increase from 2017.
- According to INRIX, a global transportation analytics company, the busiest travel day will be July 3rd. It is estimated that 39.7 million Americans will travel by car on Tuesday.
- An estimated 3.8 million people will travel by air due to the average cost of a round trip ticket being $171 – the lowest it has been for the 4th of July in 5 years.
- According to Priceline hotel bookings, the top American destination for the 4th of July in 2018 is Las Vegas.
- Fireworks injured an estimated 12,884 people in 2017
- With 70% of these injuries happening to men.
- Fireworks and firecrackers heard at a distance of 3 feet can reach 150 decibels, which is very dangerous for human ears.
- Americans shoot off about 1 lb worth of fireworks for every adult in the country.
- Massachusetts is the only state that completely bans the commercial selling and ownership of fireworks year-round – states like Iowa, Delaware and New Jersey now legalize them on the 4th of July and New Year’s Eve only.
Did any of these statistics surprise you? Do you think you can eat more than 72 hot dogs? How many of these statistics will you be a part of? From everyone here at Level, have a happy and safe 4th of July!