The Fourth of July 2010
On this day in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation. As always, this most American of holidays will be marked by parades, fireworks and backyard barbecues across the country.
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1. 2.5 million In July 1776, the estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation. Source: Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970 <http://www.census.gov/prod/www/abs/statab.html>
2. 309.6 million The nation’s estimated population on this July Fourth. Source: Population clock <http://www.census.gov/main/www/popclock.html>
3. Flags $3.0 million In 2009, the dollar value of U.S. imports of American flags. The vast majority of this amount ($2.5 million) was for U.S. flags made in China.
Source: Foreign Trade Statistics <http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/>
4. $920,277 Dollar value of U.S. flags exported in 2009. Mexico was the leading customer, purchasing $333,882 worth.
Source: Foreign Trade Statistics <http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/>
5. About 1 in 3 The odds that your side dish of baked beans originated from North Dakota, which produced 34 percent of the nation’s dry, edible beans in 2009. Another popular Fourth of July side dish is corn on the cob. Florida, California, Georgia, Washington and New York together accounted for 66 percent of the fresh market sweet corn produced nationally in 2009.
Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service <http://usda.mannlib.cornell.edu/MannUsda/viewDocumentInfo.do?documentID=1047> and <http://usda.mannlib.cornell.edu/MannUsda/viewDocumentInfo.do?documentID=1183
6.Potato salad and potato chips are popular food items at Fourth of July barbecues. Half of the nation’s spuds were produced in Idaho or Washington state in 2009.
Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service <http://usda.mannlib.cornell.edu/MannUsda/viewDocumentInfo.do?documentID=1047>
7. $331.4 million The value of U.S. manufacturers’ shipments of fireworks and pyrotechnics (including flares, igniters, etc.) in 2007.
Source: 2007 Economic Census <http://www.census.gov/econ/census07/>
8. 31 Number of places nationwide with “liberty” in their name. The most populous one as of July 1, 2008, is Liberty, Mo. (30,568). Iowa, with four, has more of these places than any other state: Libertyville, New Liberty, North Liberty and West Liberty.
- Thirty places have “eagle” in their name — after the majestic bird that serves as our national symbol. (Places include cities, towns, villages and census-designated places.) The most populous such place is Eagle Pass, Texas, with 26,668 residents.
- Eleven places have “independence” in their name. The most populous of these is Independence, Mo., with 110,440 residents.
- Five places adopted the name “freedom.” Freedom, Calif., with 6,000 residents, has the largest population among these. (This population total is as of the 2000 Census; no population estimate is available for Freedom because it is a census designated place.)
- There is one place named “patriot” — Patriot, Ind., with a population of 189.
- And what could be more fitting than spending the Fourth of July in a place called “America”? There are five such places in the country, with the most populous being American Fork, Utah, population 27,064.
Sources: Population estimates <http://www.census.gov/popest/cities/SUB-EST2008-4.html> and American FactFinder <www.census.gov>
9. 138 Ranking of the frequency of the surname of our first president, George Washington, among all last names tabulated in the 2000 Census. Other early presidential names that appear on the list, along with their ranking, were Adams (39), Jefferson (594), Madison (1,209) and Monroe (567).
Source: Census 2000 Genealogy <http://www.census.gov/genealogy/www/data/2000surnames/>
10 .76 million Number of Americans who said they have taken part in a barbecue during the previous year. It’s probably safe to assume a lot of these events took place on Independence Day.
Source: Mediamark Research & Intelligence, as cited in the Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2010
11. More than 1 in 4-The chance that the hot dogs and pork sausages consumed on the Fourth of July originated in Iowa. The Hawkeye State was home to 18.9 million hogs and pigs on March 1, 2010. This represents more than one-fourth of the nation’s total. North Carolina (9.1 million) and Minnesota (7.2 million) were the runners-up.
Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service <http://usda.mannlib.cornell.edu/MannUsda/viewDocumentInfo.do?documentID=1086>
12. 6.5 billion pounds Total production of cattle and calves in Texas in 2008. Chances are good that the beef hot dogs, steaks and burgers on your backyard grill came from the Lone Star State, which accounted for about one-sixth of the nation’s total production. And if the beef did not come from Texas, it very well may have come from Nebraska (4.6 billion pounds) or Kansas (3.9 billion pounds).
Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service <http://usda.mannlib.cornell.edu/MannUsda/viewDocumentInfo.do?documentID=1101>
13. Number of states in which the value of broiler chicken production was $1 billion or greater between December 2007 and November 2008. There is a good chance that one of these states — Georgia, Arkansas, North Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi or Texas — is the source of your barbecued chicken.
Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service <http://usda.mannlib.cornell.edu/MannUsda/viewDocumentInfo.do?documentID=1130>
Tips- How to Host a Safe Summer Cookout
Before you fire up your grill or head to a picnic or cookout, make sure you check out these safety tips from the Federal Citizen Information Center:
- Handle with care. Read the Food Safety at Home publication from the Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Women’s Health for tips on preparing dishes to avoid food-borne illnesses and prevent spoiling. For example, if you’re cooking with several kinds of raw food, keep meat, poultry and seafood to themselves so their juices don’t contaminate other food.
- On the go. When packing for a picnic, consider using multiple coolers—one for drinks and other items that you need to get frequently and another for food that needs to stay cold until it’s time to cook and eat. Food needs to be kept at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit to keep bacteria from growing, so don’t skimp on ice.
- Get your grill ready. Whether you use a charcoal or gas grill will determine what you need to check before firing it up.The biggest danger from gas grills is the possibility of a fire or explosion. Check connecting tubes for blockages or cracks. And if you smell gas, don’t light the grill.Charcoal grills release carbon monoxide from the burning coals. To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, never store a charcoal grill inside with freshly used coals—let the coals completely extinguish first.
- Rare, medium or well done? Make sure meats are cooked to a safe temperature—165 degrees for poultry and 160 degrees for beef—but not too well done. Some studies suggest there’s a link between grilled foods and cancer, but the USDA says that eating a moderate amount of grilled food that hasn’t been charred is fine. To avoid charring, remove fat from the meat or try pre-cooking it in the microwave before putting it on the grill.
Use these tips from the Federal Citizen Information Center to make sure all your summertime grilling is safe and delicious.
The TT questions are brought to you by Berleen, the color of Pacific Ocean and the number that comes after 393.
So yeah, it’s a holiday weekend. 4th of July… Independence Day… whatever you want to call it. What are you doing on July 5th?
Watching the remnants of Alex water my lawn.
Have you ever known anyone who has been kidnapped?
For fun? In college…
Does wiping with newspaper make you a smartass?
Newspaper is the best thing to use when you wipe your windows.
Cleans better than anything.
If someone sends you – or you stumble upon a link that will show you celebrity death photos, do you click the link?
No, I did not check out Gary Coleman. Did you?
Do you decorate your computer/laptop?
Painted it pink and hung paper airplanes from them. Great question.
You see Bud and his lady out walking in a park… suddenly she stops and kicks him square in the ass. What did he say to her?
Something French Twins I’m sure.
There is a cockroach, a tarantula and a mouse in the room – which one do you kill first?
Neither. I get my butt outta there because I’d never want to be in a room that wold have any of those.
Did you know that a hay bale can start on fire by itself? Do you know how?
Never thought about it.
Kimber calls you – what is her voice like?
Does she really exist?
Have you ever played Battleship?
Days of our Lives paid tribute to Francis Reid/Alice Horton this week (Francis, the actress, died in February, Alice (the character) died last week). She was 91 years old and was protrayed as a smart, witty, funny, loving, always gave the best advice type woman. Wonderful mother, grandmother, friend… many characters (and cast members) commented on how they strive to be the type of woman she was. Is there someone in your life that you strive to be like?
Huh? It’s a TV show.
Do you attend parades?
Use to when my kids were in marching band.
If Berleen were to purchase three 10-gallon tubs of the peanut butter that they use at Dairy Queens, would you think any less of her?
Less than what?
If all the flowers but one kind withered and died, never to grow again, but that one kind of flower would grow worldwide forever, what would you want the surviving flower to be?