As we are gearing up for Independence Day, our nations birthday, many have different ideas of celebrating. Fireworks, picnics, backyard barbecues, flags, apple pie, parades, friends, family, neighbors, lemonade, days off work, a movie.
When your business is selling Old Glory, it gives you time to reflect on the importance of this day. My reflection turns to our Founding Fathers, their vision and the freedom that this holiday represents. The Declaration of Independence lays the foundation of the fundamental ideas that make America -America. It speaks that all are created equal. That all have equal freedom. That all have the same inherent, natural rights.
Some interesting facts:
2.5 million: US Population 1776
322.762 million: US Population 2016
$755 million: Dollar Value of consumer firework sales in 2015
$4.4 million: Dollar value of U.S. imports of American flags in 2015. The vast majority of this amount ($4.3 million) was for U.S. flags made in China.
$3.1 million: Dollar value of U.S. flags exported in 2015. Mexico was the leading customer, purchasing $2.4 million worth.
These last two facts are eye-opening. As you look to purchase your American flag, please consider where it was made. We proudly stock all sizes American flags, ALL MADE in the USA!