Happy Independence Day to all.
This July 4th celebration we will spend (sorry burn) over a billion dollars in fireworks (China thanks the US for this great celebration as most fireworks come from there.) According to the American Pyrotechnics Association, the total amount of fireworks used: 285.3 million pounds, at a cost of $1.09 billion! -2016 figures- (I am wondering is any progressive friends are calculating the poison, toxins and heat generated by this mayhem.)
As for food & drinks: There is $6.77 billion in planned spending on Fourth of July food, and just because it is almost a national food approx. 155 million of hot dogs and sausage links will be are consumed during July 4 festivities.
How about flags? $4.4 million was spent on imports of U.S. flag in 2016, the vast majority of which came from, you guessed it: China ($4.3 million)
So as a summary, besides us Americans, the Chinese suppliers are also celebrating the 4th of July and saying “long last Independence Day”.
All we have to do is to take a moment (it will not cost you a penny) and thank a handful of brilliant men that had the will, the courage and the strength to rise and fight against tyranny. Happy Independence Day!