In 2019, Americans are expected to spend close to $1 billion on fireworks. That’s about 270 million pounds of fireworks.
Independence Day became a paid holiday in 1938.
The White House held its first 4th July party in 1801.
An estimated 45 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home to celebrate the holiday.
Another $1 billion is spent on beer for 4th of July. Wine drinkers spend nearly $570 million.
Fun presidential fact: everyone knows we gained independence July 4, 1776 and everyone knows George Washington was our first president. But did you know there was over a decade between the two events? The presidency of George Washington began on April 30, 1789, when he was elected unanimously.