A Breakdown Of American Spending During The 4th Of July Weekend

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Another Independence Day has passed as we now suffer through the struggles of the 5th of July. I’m sure we all had fun playing drinking games, grilling burgers and thanking the Smith/Goldblum duo for saving us from aliens, but the day after any big party always comes with an apprehensive approach to our bank accounts.

Seeing how much we individually spend is a frightening thought, but there’s something a bit reassuring in seeing how much we spent, ate and drank collectively, as a nation. It’s just nice to know that we’re all degenerate spenders together. According to Fox News, these are some of the wildest numbers we both recorded and should expect.


The amount each household spent on average on supplies for their parties, including food and picnic ingredients and products.

$6.8 Billion

The total amount of money spent this 4th of July from each consumerist household. While we can all agree that the point of the 4th is to celebrate our independence and freedom, it would be naive to think that supermarkets and liquor stores aren’t also celebrating a very productive day for their respective businesses.

22.8 Million

The estimated number of cases of beer sold nationwide during the 4th of July weekend. That means roughly 547.2 million individual cans or bottles of beer were sold. If you assume that it takes an average of seven beers to get one person drunk, that means there could have potentially been 78 million drunk people walking around America over the weekend.

150 Million

The number of hot dogs eaten on the 4th. if placed tip to tip, the hot dogs could line up to and from DC to LA more than five times. Four of those hot dogs came from me, thank you very much.


The number of hot dogs professional eater Joey Chestnut ate this year at the annual hot dog eating contest held at Nathan’s Famous, a Coney Island fixture famous for its hot dogs.


The number of pyrotechnic effects, displays and fireworks during the Macy’s 4th of July fireworks show held in New York City every year.

$710 Million

The estimated amount of money spent on consumer fire works during this holiday weekend, excluding the grand and lavish displays put on by major companies and corporations.

$4.4 Million

The amount of money spent on American flags last year. Surprisingly enough, about 98% of those flags were made in and imported from China.


Life-long Discount For Getting a Grilled Cheese Tattoo in Ohio

It’s called the “Melt Tattoo Family”, and it’s Ohio’s Melt Bar & Grilled  ‘prestiguous’ club with one main right of entry — a tattoo of a Melt Bar and Grilled logo. The Cleveland, OH base restaurant offers up members of their club 25% off any purchase at Melt Bar and Grilled, for life. For those in Ohio, the deal beckons, as the restaurant will celebrate the grand opening of their third location in Independence, OH tomorrow, October 7th.

The restaurant built up a massive following (currently clocking in over 40,000 fans on their Facebook page) and has even attracted the like’s of  Adam Richman, the host of The Travel Channel’s Man v. Food. Richman attempted to put down the restaurant’s monster grilled cheese, a sandwich that features 13 different cheese, 3 slices of grilled bread, and a pile of hand-cut fries & slaw.

The entire dish weighs over 5 lbs., and completing it without any help or trips to the bathroom will credit you with a t-shirt or a Melt Pint Glass, a $10 gift card and immortalization in their online Melt Challenge Hall of Fame.

At the time of this article, it looks like nearly 300 folks have immortalized ink on their person for the 25% promo, and close to 100 customers have completed their Melt Challenge. Which will you conquer?

Melt Bar & Grilled


14718 Detroit Ave.
Lakewood, OH 44107


13463 Cedar Road
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118


Liberty Commons
Rockside Road
Independence, OH