When my kids were growing up years ago, the subdivision we lived in had a Fourth of July parade each year. I remember my kids marching, and one year we wore our Bicentennial costumes with a red-white-and-blue USA print. A community picnic followed the parades.
Seven in 10 Americans plan to celebrate this year by attending a barbeque, cookout, or picnic. That’s more than 164 million people, a record in that category, according to a survey by the National Retail Federation.
Fireworks and July Fourth community events also are popular: 117 people million will view the nearest community fireworks and another 38 million will attend a parade.
July Fourth decorations? The survey found 142 million own a flag, and nearly half own patriotic apparel such as a t-shirt or hat. However, one in four will buy patriotic items for the holiday.
On travel, about 40.8 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the July Fourth holiday, a 0.8 percent decrease from the 41.1 million people who traveled last year, AAA Travel said.
The drop is largely due to a one-day shorter holiday period, the travel organization said, adding lack of economic growth also is a factor.
Eighty-four percent of travelers will travel by automobile, while about 14 percent will fly.
Americans will travel about 613 miles during the holiday, 110 miles less than last year’s average of 723 miles.
Consumers will spend about $747 on the holiday, compared to $749 last year, AAA Travel said. About 29 cents of every dollar will be spent on transportation, 20 percent on food and beverages, and 22 percent on lodging.
I hope you’ll be enjoying many of these July Fourth traditions as you celebrate with family and friends on this fun and patriotic holiday.