Every year, 150,000,000 hot dogs are consumed in the United States on the 4th of July

While much has changed in America since the Declaration of Independence, one thing sure hasn’t – our celebration of independence. Complete with cookouts, fireworks, and spending time with friends and family, the entire day if filled with activity.

Every year, 150,000,000 hot dogs are consumed in the United States on the 4th of July. That’s enough to stretch from Washington D.C. to Los Angeles five times – and still have a few hot dogs left over. 33 percent of all hot dogs produced in the United States come from Iowa. 700 million pounds of chicken are purchased in the week leading up to July 4th while 190 million pounds of red meat/pork are purchased.

The amount of money spent on food over the holiday weekend is expected to reach $6.6 billion, according to the National Retail Federation. Beer sales also have a tendency to increase as the holiday approaches. More than 103 million Americans drank beer on the 4th of July in 2013, and more than 68 million cases sold over the weekend.

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