Fourth of July

  • 4th of July Weekend

    July 2, 2010 - Leave a Comment

    4th of July Fun Facts:

    • On this day in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation. As always, this most American of holidays will be marked by parades, fireworks and backyard barbecues across the country.
    • 2.5 million: In July 1776, the estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation.
      Source: Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970 <http://www.census.gov/prod/www/abs/statab.html>
    • 309.6 million: The nation's estimated population on this July Fourth.
      Source: Population clock <http://www.census.gov/main/www/popclock.html>
    • $209 million: The value of fireworks imported from China in 2009, representing the bulk of all U.S. fireworks imported ($217 million). U.S. exports of fireworks, by comparison, came to just $42.9 million in 2009, with the United Arab Emirates purchasing more than any other country ($14.5 million).
      Source: Foreign Trade Statistics <http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/>
    • $331.4 million: The value of U.S. manufacturers' shipments of fireworks and pyrotechnics (including flares, igniters, etc.) in 2007. Source: 2007 Economic Census <http://www.census.gov/econ/census07/>
    • 76 million: Number of Americans who said they have taken part in a barbecue during the previous year. It's probably safe to assume a lot of these events took place on Independence Day.
      Source: Mediamark Research & Intelligence, as cited in the Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2010
      <http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab>, Table 1203

    Wi-Ex wishes you a happy and safe 4th of July weekend!

    Visit USA.gov for more history about Independence Day, fireworks information, and safety tips to make sure everyone has a great weekend!

  • Wi-Ex's Plans for the Fourth of July

    July 3, 2009 - Leave a Comment

    Wi-Ex is closed today for observation of the 4th of July .

    Because many of our employees are enjoying their long weekend, we thought we would share some of their 4th of July plans.


    Kacey -  My brother's  band, Stokeswood, is opening up for Vertical Horizon at the Centennial Park Fourth of July Celebration in Atlanta. My family and a few friends will be going there in the afternoon, then a good friend from New York is coming home and I will be going to her family's annual Fourth of July party.

    Alper -  I know some of you have heard rumors of me staining a deck,(I’ve mentioned it in the past), however this is the weekend it gets done.  So in short I will be under the blistering heat of the sun, working with a very dark, very sticky stain nowhere near a pool, water, fireworks, or a cold beverage.  Please wish me luck, as I may end up being hospitalized from fatigue, dehydration, or sun poisoning thus resulting in my need to call out on Monday. ;-)

    Sharon— My mother is a Yankee Doodle Dandy – born on the 4th of July 80 YEARS AGO!! So we’ll be celebrating with a big family reunion at the beach. They’ll be her husband, 5 children and 12 grandchildren, some cousins, an older sister and friends all visiting and celebrating  - there will be golf cart decorations  for the parade, swimming, BBQ  and fireworks.  She’s a great sport—here is a video that the kids made with her: www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVDD1XRZu84

    Julie - I am headed to Oak Island NC with my family!.

    Roni – My family has already started our 4th of July celebration.  We are in Lakeside, Ohio on the shores of Lake Erie.  We have been busy fishing, eating ice cream, visiting with family, playing tennis and eating way too much. Our family truly thinks this is the best summer place in the world and this is our 12th summer to visit Lakeside.

  • Ways to Celebrate the Fourth of July!

    July 1, 2009 - Leave a Comment

    The 4th of July weekend- cookouts, fireworks, family reunions and vacation is just days away, but let's take a moment to remember that this holiday is really about celebrating Independence Day and the beginning of our great country.

    On July 4, 1776 in Philadelphia, using the following words written by Thomas Jefferson, the 13 colonies declared their independence from all allegiance to the British Crown of King George III.

    The Declaration of Independence

    We hold these truths to be self-evident,
    that all men are created equal,
    that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,
    that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

    In reading these important words we remember those brave men and women who have fought to keep our country free.

    This 4th of July, here are a few ideas to help you and your family, celebrate America's freedom.

    -Write a soldier a letter to a soldier who doesn't get much mail   (www.OperationMilitarysupport.com)

    - Donate used cell phones to a company who recycles them and uses the money to purchase calling cards for the troops.  ( www.Cellphonesforsoldiers.com)

    -Download a (virus free) American Flag screen saver (www.CNet.com )

    -Challenge your friends and family to a Fourth Of July Trivia Quiz (www.riversongs.com/happy/independence_day)

    The employees of Wi-Ex want to wish you a safe and Happy Fourth of July!

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