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Facts for the Fourth: North Carolina Edition

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Facts for the Fourth!

Some interesting and fun facts related to the Fourth of July and North Carolina

Guest post written by Beth Hayden, Demographics and Reference Librarian

fireworks2Whether your destination is to the beach, the mountains, or you are just planning to stay at home, consider a few facts and figures this Fourth of July holiday.

AAA predicts that nationwide 41 million people will travel this Fourth of July holiday (July 2-6). This would represent a 1.9% increase over the 40.3 million who traveled last Independence Day.


Of the 7,400,424 cars and trucks registered in North Carolina, many are expected to travel to some destination on the 74,945.77 miles of paved roads in our state.

Source: and NC Department of Transportation

No picnic or cookout for the Fourth is complete without watermelon! H.C. Williams of Bailey set a record at the NC State Farmer’s Market Watermelon Contest with his 232-pound watermelon in 2012.


Last year fireworks worth 203.6 million dollars were imported from China, while the U.S. exported only $10.2 million, mostly to Israel.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Foreign Trade Statistics, Code 360410

In 2013, 4 million dollars of American flags were imported, mainly from China. The United States exported flags valued at $781,222 with the Dominican Republic purchasing the most at $160,000.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Foreign Trade Statistics, Code 6307909825

Of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence three, Joseph Hewes, John Penn, and William Hooper, were from North Carolina.

Source: NCpedia

Perhaps your destination is to a place with a patriotic sounding name; consider these North Carolina towns:

  • Liberty, incorporated 1889
  • Washington, established 1782
  • Jefferson, incorporated 1803

Source: North Carolina Gazetteer, 2nd. William Powell and Michael Hill editors, UNC Press: 2010.

On the grim side, North Carolina Governor’s Highway Safety Program’s Operation Firecracker – Booze It and Lose It campaign resulted in the arrest of nearly 1,800 NC drivers over the 2013 Fourth of July Holiday. So be smart and safe during your holiday weekend!



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