It’s no secret the Fourth of July is a huge holiday for retailers and service providers, as friends and families gather for patriotic barbecues and communities host large festivals capped off by brilliant fireworks. No doubt, Independence Day is big business, as evidenced by the following 4th of July marketing statistics.
- Food and beverage
If you sell patriotic merchandise, you can cash in with these 4th of July facts.
- The average American household spends $346.50 on Independence Day food, beverages, transportation, and supplies
- 28% of consumers plan on purchasing more patriotic items for Independence Day this year
- 65% of consumers already own a U.S. flag; 53% own patriotic-themed apparel such as T-shirts, bathing suits or shoes; and 40% own patriotic decorations
- However, $4.4 million worth of American flags are imported annually (mostly from China)
- 66% of Americans display an American flag for Independence Day
- 63% of Americans attend a fireworks display on the 4th
- 32% of Americans watch a parade on the 4th
- In 2016, enough red, white, and blue balloons were sold to lift 10 Liberty Bells
Food and beverage
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- 80% of Americans will attend a barbecue, picnic, or cookout on the 4th
- 150 million hot dogs are eaten on Independence Day
- The preferred hot dog condiment? Mustard, for 71% of Americans
- Americans spend $1 billion on beer for Independence Day, the country’s top beer drinking holiday
- In 2017, Americans are expected to spend $7.1 billion on 4th of July food; the average U.S. household will spend $73.42 on food
- 80% of American families own a grill, and they’ll buy 700 million pounds of chicken and 190 million pounds of beef for Independence Day
- Americans will also spend $107 million on popsicles and $167 million on watermelon for the 4th
- Americans also buy 500 million gallons of ice cream for Independence Day celebrations
- Most popular 4th of July parade candies? USA flag butter mints, patriotic bubblegum coins, flag hard candies, patriotic twist pops, and lollipops
Fireworks are fun, but there are also opportunities in solving problems related to injuries and even missing pets.
- 15,000 fireworks displays will be held across the U.S. on the 4th
- The largest fireworks display in the U.S.? Macy’s, with 50,000 shells deployed at a rate of 1,600 shells per minute during its 25-minute show
- Retail sales of fireworks for Independence Day are estimated at $710 million
- An average of 690 people visit the ER for fireworks-related injuries each July 4th
- Most injured body parts by fireworks: hands/fingers (36%), eyes (19%), trunks (11%), legs (10%), arms (5%). More than 50% of fireworks-related injuries are burns
- Sparklers are the leading cause of fireworks-related injuries, reaching temperatures of more than 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit
- More pets go missing around the 4th of July than any other time of year, due to noisy fireworks – there is a 30 to 60% increase in lost pets between July 4th and 6th
Americans take to the road for Independence Day, creating plenty of opportunities for retail, service, and food-based businesses.
- 44.2 million Americans will travel over 50 miles for July 4th
- 85% will drive to their destinations, and 3.21 million will fly; the average cost of a domestic flight ticket is $366.92
- 13.3% of Americans will travel or vacation on July 4th in 2017
- The most popular July 4th destination is Orlando, followed by Vancouver, Cancun, and Seattle
- Independence Day is the most dangerous day of the year for travelers, with 1.5 million DUY arrests and 115 million suspected to be drinking and driving
Think of ways you can cash in on these Fourth of July marketing statistics; seek opportunities to inject your business into the consumer sales cycle or solve problems for your audience, and you can boost Independence Day profits. Need help getting the word out? Do it for less with premium, discount print marketing tools.