4th of July By The Numbers

From left, Layton Parrack (10), Lincoln Parrack (7) and Josie Oseka (9) celebrate an early Independence Day with sparklers June 28 in Gretna. (Photo by Antone Oseka)
Scott Stewart
The Daily Record

Two days after voting for independence from Great Britain, the Declaration of Independence was approved by the members of the Second Continental Congress on July 4, 1776. Here’s a look at some of numbers associated with the Independence Day holiday:

40: Approved fireworks vendors in the City of Omaha.

11 p.m.The deadline to discharge legal fireworks in Omaha city limits. In Ralston and Sarpy County cities, the deadline isn’t until midnight.

911The number to call for a fireworks-related emergency like an injury or fire. For fireworks or other noise complaints, call 402-444-5802 in Douglas County or 402-593-4111 in Sarpy County.

120Injuries connected to fireworks reported to the Nebraska Fire Marshal’s Office in 2018.

59Years Ralston has held an Independence Day Parade. (More at RalstonAreaChamber.org)

$332 millionValue of fireworks imported into the United States in 2018, according to the U.S. Census.

$1.3 billionEstimated revenue from display and consumer fireworks in 2018, according to the American Pyrotechnics Association.

27thNebraska’s rank among the most patriotic states, according to an analysis by personal finance website WalletHub that examined military and civic engagement.

1.2 millionSquare feet covered by March flooding at Offutt Air Force Base, where estimated costs of repairs may exceed $650 million.

$1.3 billionInvestment made in a new U.S. Strategic Command headquarters at Offutt Air Force Base that will replace a facility built in 1957.

17%People who have passed off a store-bought pie as homemade, according to a 2013 survey from the makers of Mrs. Smith and Edwards. Also, 27% of people say that apple pie is their favorite.

8.6%Nebraskans who had served in the military in 2017, according to a U.S. Census estimate. That figure included between 5,800 and 6,500 World War II veterans.

2.5 millionThe estimated population of the United States on July 4, 1776.

327.2 millionThe estimated population of the United States on July 4, 2018.

72%Americans in 2018 who told Gallup they are extremely or very proud to be an American. Only 10% were only a little or not at all proud of their national identity.

150 millionNumber of hot dogs Americans eat on July 4th alone each year. If you lined them up, they’d stretch coast to coast and back again nearly three times.

13The number of times the Liberty Bell is lightly tapped each year on Independence Day. The famous crack makes ringing the bell impossible.

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