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• 160 million Americans will celebrate July 4th with a cookout or picnic.

• 115 million will attend a local fireworks display or community celebration.

• 48 million will purchase patriotic merchandise; 35 million will attend a parade.

• $302.7 million: Dollar value of American flags, banners and similar emblems manufactured annually in the U.S.

• $223.6 million: Amount spent annually in the U.S. on fireworks imported from China.

• $32.40: Average amount spent on July 4th cookout food items to feed 10 people.

• 35: Number of American towns or cities containing the word “eagle”; 11 contain the word “independence”; 9 contain the word “freedom.”

• $1.7 billion: amount Americans spend on hot dogs annually.

• Los Angeles, San Antonio, New York, Baltimore/Washington and Chicago are the nation’s top hot dog-consuming cities.

(Sources: Data released for July 4, 2012, by the U.S. Census Department., the National Retail Federation, the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council, Indiana Farm Bureau)

Happy Fourth of July, and thanks for reading Inside the Beltway.

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