A new survey by the National Retail Federation reveals that 214 million people will celebrate Independence Day. They will pay handsomely to do so.  Read on for other findings. 

  • Americans will spend $6.8 billion on Independence Day celebrations.
  • the average American family will spend $71.34 on food for their Independence Day barbecue.
  • 65% of people plan to attend an Independence Day barbecue or picnic.
  • 43% of people plan to watch fireworks on Independence Day.
  • 12% of people plan to attend an Independence Day Parade.

So what do Americans eat the most on the 4th of July?  Here's the list:

  • Hamburgers/Cheeseburgers.  For vegetarians, there's Buffalo Chickpea Quinoa Burger, combined with blue cheese, lettuce and avocado.
  • Potato Salad.
  • Hot Dogs.  According to the Nation Hot Dog & Sausage Council, more than 155 million hot dogs will be eaten on 4 July this year. The Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest on Coney Island is also held on the 4th of July.
  • Fried Chicken.

What's on your plate for the 4th?