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Fourth of July By The Numbers

It probably didn’t start out that way, but some time between July 4, 1776 and today, Independence Day became one of the biggest days in the U.S. to get together with family and friends, pull out the picnic blankets and American flags and get busy barbecuing. Whether you’re a hot-dog lover or a vegetarian, chances are that this weekend, you will be one of the millions of Americans who will celebrate with good food, drinks and, at the end of the day, a spectacular show of festive fireworks.

In this infographic, we give you the numbers behind the Fourth of July: from where your flags, meat or veggies most likely come from, to one of the more notable celebrations in the country, Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot-Dog Eating competition on Coney Island, NY.