Useless but Interesting 4th of July Facts

4 07 2008

Today is just like any other day at the world headquarters of Mid-Michigan Dining.  I’m sitting on the couch watching a King of the Hill marathon on FX.  I almost forgot today was actually a holiday.  I was forwarded the following press release from the U.S. Census Bureau just in case you’re at all curious about the chances of your side dish coming from North Dakota or how much it costs Americans to import.  I actually find it very disturbing that we import $4.3 million worth of flags from China.

The Fourth of July 2008

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 nation. As always, this most American of holidays will be marked by parades, fireworks and backyard 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: Colonial Times to 1970 <
http://www.census.gov/prod/www/abs/statab.html>

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