All Access Is Closed For The July 4th Holiday
July 4, 2009 at 10:07 AM (PT)
ALL ACCESS will be closed FRIDAY, JULY 3rd through SUNDAY, JULY 5th for the 4th Of JULY holiday weekend. We hope you, your family and friends -- and everyone at your radio station and music company have a happy and safe 4th!
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.
307 million: The nation’s population on this JULY Fourth.
Fourth Of July Cookouts: The chance that the hot dogs and pork sausages consumed on the Fourth of July originated in IOWA. THE HAWKEYE STATE was home to 19.3 million hogs and pigs on MARCH 1, 2009. This represents more than one-fourth of the nation’s total. NORTH CAROLINA (9.4 million) and MINNESOTA (7.3 million) were the runners-up.
6.8 Billion Pounds: Total production of cattle and calves in TEXAS in 2007. Chances are good that the beef hot dogs, steaks and burgers on your backyard grill came from THE LONE STAR STATE, which accounted for about one-sixth of the nation’s total production. And if the beef did not come from TEXAS, it very well may have come from NEBRASKA (4.7 billion pounds) or KANSAS (4.1 billion pounds).
6: Number of states in which the revenue from broiler chickens was $1 billion or greater between DECEMBER 2006 and NOVEMBER 2007. There is a good chance that one of these states -- GEORGIA, ARKANSAS, NORTH CAROLINA, ALABAMA, MISSISSIPPI or TEXAS -- is the source of your barbecued chicken.
About 4 In 10: The odds that your side dish of baked beans originated from NORTH DAKOTA, which produced 39% of the nation’s dry, edible beans in 2008. Another popular FOURTH OF JULY side dish is corn on the cob. FLORIDA, CALIFORNIA, GEORGIA and NEW YORK together accounted for 61% of the sweet corn produced nationally in 2008.
Please Pass The Potato Salad: Potato salad and potato chips are popular food items at FOURTH OF JULY barbecues. Half of the nation’s spuds were produced in IDAHO or WASHINGTON STATE in 2008.
More Than Three-fourths: Amount of the nation’s head lettuce production in 2008 that came from CALIFORNIA. This lettuce may end up in your salad or on your burger.
More Than 7 In 10: The chances that the fresh tomatoes in your salad came from CALIFORNIA or FLORIDA, which combined accounted for 71% of U.S. tomato production last year. The ketchup on your burger or hot dog probably came from CALIFORNIA, which accounted for 96% of forecasted processed tomato production in 2008.
Florida: The state that led the nation in watermelon production last year (861 million pounds). Other leading producers of this popular fruit included CALIFORNIA, TEXAS and GEORGIA, each with more than 500 million pounds.
78 Million: Number of Americans who said they have taken part in a barbecue during the previous year. It’s probably safe to assume a lot of these events took place on INDEPENDENCE DAY.
Fireworks: $193 million. The value of fireworks imported from CHINA in 2008, representing the bulk of all U.S. fireworks imported ($202 million). U.S. exports of fireworks, by comparison, came to just $28.1 million in 2008, with AUSTRALIA purchasing more than any other country ($5.8 million).
Flags : $3.4 million. In 2008, the dollar value of U.S. imports of American flags. The vast majority of this amount ($3.0 million) was for U.S. flags made in CHINA.
$569,400: Dollar value of U.S. flags exported in 2008. BELGIUM was the leading customer, purchasing $186,400 worth.
$349.2 million: Annual dollar value of shipments of fabricated flags, banners and similar emblems by the nation’s manufacturers, according to the latest published economic census data.
31. Number of places nationwide with "liberty" in their name. The most populous one as of JULY 1, 2007, is LIBERTY, MO. (29,993). IOWA, with four, has more of these places than any other state: LIBERTYVILLE, NEW LIBERTY, NORTH LIBERTY and WEST LIBERTY.
Thirty-one places have "eagle" in their name -- after the majestic bird that serves as our national symbol. The most populous such place is EAGLE PASS, TEXAS, with 26,285 residents.
Eleven places have "independence" in their name. The most populous of these is INDEPENDENCE, MO., with 110,704 residents.
Five places adopted the name "freedom." FREEDOM, CA, with 6,000 residents, has the largest population among these.
There is one place named "patriot" -- PATRIOT, IN, with a population of 190.
And what could be more fitting than spending THE FOURTH OF JULY in a place called "America?" There are five such places in the country, with the most populous being AMERICAN FORK, UT, population 26,472.