By the Numbers: Independence Day

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On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation. This most American of holidays will be marked with typical festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues across the country.

2.5 million: In July 1776, the estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation. 
Source: Historical Statistics of the United States: 1789-1945 

321.4 million: The nation's estimated population on July 4 last year. 
Source: U.S. and World Population Clock 

The Signers

56: The number of signers to the Declaration of Independence. Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Roger Sherman and Robert R. Livingston comprised the Committee of Five that drafted the Declaration. Jefferson, regarded as the strongest and most eloquent writer, wrote most of the document.

It is also worth noting that:

And the Rockets' Red Glare

$311.7 million: The value of fireworks imported from China in 2015, representing the bulk of all U.S. fireworks imported ($324.8 million). U.S. exports of fireworks, by comparison, came to just $12.7 million in 2015, with Singapore purchasing more than any other country ($4.6 million). 
Source: International Trade Statistics, Code 360410 

$368.6 million: The dollar value of fireworks sales by retailers in 2012. 
Source: 2012 Economic Census

$482.6 million: The dollar value of fireworks and firecrackers sales by wholesalers in 2012. There were 172 wholesalers who sold these items in 2012.
Source: 2012 Economic Census 

You're a Grand Old Flag

$4.4 million: The dollar value of U.S. imports of American flags in 2015. The vast majority of this amount ($4.3 million) was for U.S. flags made in China. 

$3.1 million: The dollar value of U.S. flags exported in 2015. Mexico was the leading customer, purchasing $2.4 million worth.
Source: International Trade Statistics, Code 6307909825 

This Land Is Your Land

33: The number of counties and census incorporated places that contain the word "liberty" in the name. Of the 33 places, four are counties: Liberty County, Georgia (62,467); Liberty County, Florida (8,331); Liberty County, Montana.(2,408); and Liberty County, Texas (79,654).
Sources: 2015 U.S. Gazetteer Files and Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015, Table PEPANNRES

1: The number of incorporated places that has "patriot" in its name: Patriot, Indiana, has an estimated population of 208.
Source: 2015 Population Estimates

54: The number of counties and census incorporated places that have "union" in the name. In total, there are 204 places with active governments that contain "union."  
Sources: Source: 2015 U.S. Gazetteer Files

The British Are Coming!

$114.1 billion: The dollar value of trade in 2015 between the U.S. and the United Kingdom, making the British, our adversary in 1776, our eighth-leading trading partner today. 
Source: International Trade Statistics 

24,382,182: The number of people reporting English ancestry in the U.S. In addition, there were 1,326,960 people who reported British ancestry in 2014.

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