More Americans than ever will celebrate Independence Day this year, according to an annual survey from National Retail Federation. An estimated 214 million people plan to mark the occasion, with 65 percent attending a cookout, barbecue or picnic; 43 percent watching fireworks or joining in another community celebration; and 12 percent attending a parade. They’ll also be shelling out some green for their red, white and blue celebrations, spending an average of $71.34 per household; total spending is expected to reach $6.8 billion. And while the survey showed that American families are already well-stocked on patriotic items (nearly two-thirds own a U.S. flag, half own patriotic-themed apparel and a third own patriotic decorations), 25 percent plan to purchase more of these items in preparation for the holiday. Shown here: Kim Seybert's Star Collection placemats, napkins and napkin rings.
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