Fourth of July: By the numbers

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  • Population
  • The British are Coming!
  • The American Flag
  • Fireworks
  • Signers of the Declaration of Independence
  • Founding Father: John Adams
  • Founding Father: Thomas Jefferson
$218.2 million: The value of fireworks imported from China in 2012, representing the bulk of all U.S. fireworks imported ($227.3 million). U.S. exports of fireworks, by comparison, came to just $11.7 million in 2012, with Israel purchasing more than any other country ($2.5 million).

$231.8 million: The value of U.S. manufacturers’ shipments of fireworks and pyrotechnics (including flares, igniters, etc.) in 2007.