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4th of July – Now and Then

This summer, the United States celebrates a big birthday – 237! To commemorate this milestone, CheapOair has put together an Infographic that takes us back to colonial times, and dives a little deeper into the logistics of Independence Day. We took an in-depth look at population trends, first and foremost. Since the signing of the Declaration of Independence the United States has seen a population increase of 12,548%! That’s over 52% per year.

Ever wondered how long it would take to get to our top destinations in 1776? The predominant mode of transportation back in the day was horse and cart, travelling at an average speed of 8-10 miles per hour. This means a 3 hour flight from NYC to Fort Lauderdale turns into an excruciating 13 days. Forget about that 5 hour flight to Vegas – you’d be in that cart for 26 days! Almost a month! Let’s not forget about price, though. An average ticket to San Francisco today will set you back about $500. However, in 1776, you’d be spending a mere $17.25. Can you really put a price on convenience, though? Well maybe you can. In 2012, over $200 million worth of fireworks were imported from China to the US, many for Independence Day. Now that’s worth every penny!

Source: CheapOair

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