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 nantion. As always, this most American of holidays will be marked by parades, fireworks and backyard barbecues across the country.
In July 1776, the estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation.
Source: Historical Statistics of the United StatesL Colonial Times to 1970
The nation's estimated poulation on this July Fourth.
Source: Population clock
In 2010, the dollar value of US imports of American flags. The vast majority of this amount ($2.8 million) was for US flags made in China.
Dollar value of US flags exported in 2010. Mexico was the leading customer, purchasing $256,407 worth
Source: Foreign Trade Statistics; US Trade Online
Annual dollar value of shipments of fabricated flags, banners and similar emblems by the nation's manufacturers, according to the latest published economic census data.
Source: 2007 Economic Census, Series EC0731SP1, Products and Services Code 3149998231
The value of fireworks imported from China in 2010, representing the bulk of all US fireworks imported ($197.3 million). US exports of fireworks, by comparison, came to just $37.0 million in 2010, with Japan purchasing more than any other country ($6.3 million).
Source: Foreign Trade Statistics, US Trade Online
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