Happy Birthday, America!
Posted July 3, 2019
This July 4th, as a record-breaking 41 million Americans hit the roads to celebrate our nation’s independence, let’s take a moment to remember that the energy we use isn’t just the gasoline that gets us to the barbeque.
Here are just a few fun facts about the energy that goes into America’s Independence Day:
On Independence Day, Americans will enjoy 150 million hot dogs.
That’s enough hot dogs to stretch from D.C. to L.A. more than five times. Each of those hot dogs is made, packaged and delivered with help from petroleum.
July 4th is the most popular day to barbecue.
64 percent of grills are powered by natural gas. And don’t forget about those long fold-up tables set up nearby to house the spread of barbeque – they’re made from natural gas and oil-based polyethylene.
Americans purchased $1.3 billion in fireworks in 2018.
Americans of all ages love Fourth of July fireworks, almost as much as they love taking pictures of fireworks – 85 percent of which are taken on smartphones, made with petroleum-based plastics and internal components from natural gas.
Freedom, and the opportunity and prosperity that come as a result, is our nation’s core value. It’s embedded in our communities, our businesses, and our ability to produce energy. We are thankful to live in a nation that empowers us to do incredible things. As we spend time with our friends and family this Independence Day, we also should give thanks for all the ways in which American energy has made our Fourth of July celebrations – and our modern lives – possible.
About The Author
Jessica Lutz is a writer for the American Petroleum Institute. Jessica joined API after 10+ years leading the in-house marketing and communications for non-profits and trade associations. A Michigan native, Jessica graduated from The University of Michigan with degrees in Communications and Political Science. She resides in Washington, D.C., and spends most of her free time trying to keep up with her energetic Giant Schnauzer, Jackson.
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