20 Fourth of July facts about agriculture

20 Fourth of July facts about agriculture

 July 3, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RFD-TV) Celebrating the Fourth of July is also a celebration of the nation's agriculture industry.  Check out these 20 facts about the holiday and where the food for your Independence Day barbecue came from.

1. Most of the pork hot dogs and sausages consumed on the Fourth of July originated in Iowa. Source: USDA NASS

2. Most of the beef hot dogs, steaks and burgers on your backyard grill come from Texas, Nebraska or Kansas. Source: USDA NASS

3. Forty one million Americans will travel 50 or more miles from home during the Fourth of July weekend. Source: AAA

4. Barbecues have been a White House tradition since Thomas Jefferson. Source: Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association

5. President Lyndon B. Johnson hosted the first White House barbecue to feature Texas-style barbecued ribs. Source: Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association

6. Independence Day is the most popular holiday for barbecuing. Source: Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association

7. Most popular foods for cooking on the grill are: Burgers (85%), steak (80%), hot dogs (79%), chicken (73%) Source: Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association

8. Side dishes most commonly prepared on the grill are: Corn (41%), potatoes (41%), other veggies (32%). Source: Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association

9. More than 155 million hot dogs are consumed on the Fourth of July, making it the biggest hot dog holiday of the year. Source: The Daily Meal

10. In 2008, Texas produced 6.5 billion pounds of beef, about one-sixth of the nation's total population. Source: USDA NASS

11. If barbecued chicken is part of your cookout, it probably came from Georgia, Arkansas, North Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi or Texas. Source: USDA NASS

12. There's a 33 percent chance that the baked beans for your cookout came from North Dakota. Source: USDA NASS

13. If you're enjoying corn on the cob, there's a 66 percent chance it came from Florida, California, Georgia, Washington or New York, which produces two-thirds of the nation's corn crop. Source: USDA NASS

14. There's a 50 percent chance the potatoes in your potato salad or potato chips came from Idaho or Washington State. Source: USDA NASS

15. There's a 70 percent chance the fresh tomatoes in your salad or on your burger came from Florida or California. Source: USDA NASS

16. If watermelon is part of your holiday cookout, it likely came from Florida, California, Georgia or Texas. Source: USDA NASS

17. There's a 70 percent chance the lettuce in your salad or on your burger came from California. Source: USDA NASS

18. There are 31 U.S. towns or cities with the word "liberty" in their names. Source: U.S. Census

19. There are 11 U.S. towns or cities with the word "independence" in their names. Source: U.S. Census

20. Americans import more than $207 million in fireworks for holidays, mostly from China.


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