It's the July 4th weekend, and I thought it would be a good time to share 8 random facts about July 4th. From Cooking out, fireworks, and American flags, to cold beer.

#1.) Americans spend $111 MILLION on popsicles and charcoal for July 4th weekend.

#2.) Americans spend $203 MILLION just on CONDIMENTS for July 4th.  That's more than the $193 MILLION we spend on hamburger patties.

#3.) No July 4th spending compares to FIREWORKS... we spend at least $600 MILLION on 'em nationwide.

#4.) Over 80% of the American flags in the U.S. were made in China.

#5.) When America became an independent nation in 1776, it had a population of 2.5 million.  Now the population is over 311 million.

#6.) Last year, New York City had the largest fireworks display in the U.S.  It included 22 tons of fireworks... about the same weight as six elephants.

#7.) Last year there were 11,000 firework-related injuries... more than half of which were minor burns on the hands.  There was only one death... and that was a guy balancing a mortar shell in a tube on his head.

#8.) The 4th of July is the biggest holiday for beer sales, with approximately 68.3 MILLION cases of beer sold.  The rest of the top five, in order are:  Labor Day, Memorial Day, Father's Day (awesome), and Christmas.