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4th of July Celebration | Pacific Northwest

Posted • July 5, 2008 • Comments Off on 4th of July Celebration | Pacific Northwest

4th of July Celebration | Pacific Northwest

Happy 4th of July from the Great Pacific Northwest!

The picture below is from the 4th of July 2008 fireworks over the Willamette River, downtown Portland Oregon.

4th of July fireworks over the Willamette River, downtown Portland Oregon
Photo courtesy of barjack’s photostream

As our Nation celebrates Independence day as the fireworks fly from coast to cost. A google search on “fourth of July fireworks” gives results from Manhattan, Minneapolis, Iowa, Boston, New York City, Washington DC area, and Disney-MGM Studios in Walt Disney World, Florida. This is only in the page one organic listings.

The same search for “fourth of July fireworks pacific northwest” reveals such locations as Montana, Wyoming, Seattle, Chicago, Spokane, Seaside, and San Francisco. I don’t know how Montana, Wyoming, Chicago, or even San Francisco made its way into the listings. Interesting enough there were no paid advertisements on the results page.

Fourth of July – Independence Day

Independence Day honors the birth of the United States of America and the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. It’s a day of picnics and parades, a night of fireworks and concerts, and another reason to fly the American flag.

Fourth of July 2008 Facts From the US Census Bureau

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

304 million
The nation’s population on this July Fourth.
Source: Population clock


$207 million
The value of fireworks imported from China in 2007, representing the bulk of all U.S. fireworks imported ($217 million). U.S. exports of fireworks, by comparison, came to just $14.9 million in 2007, with Japan purchasing more than any other country ($3.8 million).
Source: Foreign Trade Statistics

$17.3 million
The value of U.S. manufacturers’ shipments of fireworks in 2002.
Source: 2002 Economic Census (pdf)

Fourth of July Cookouts

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 17.6 million market hogs and pigs on March 1, 2008. This represents more than one-fourth of the nation’s total. North Carolina (9 million) and Minnesota (6.7 million) were the runners-up.
Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service

6.8 billion pounds
Total production of cattle and calves in Texas in 2007. 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 (4.7 billion pounds) or Kansas (4.1 billion pounds).
Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service

More than 74 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: Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2008, Table 1213

Happy Independence Day!

Gary Pool

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