How foreign trade factors into some July 4 activities:

The Parade:

U.S. flags

• Overall imports in 2000: $747,800
• Imported from Taiwan in 2000: $381,600

The Fireworks

• Domestic production in 1997: $20,813,000
• Overall imports in 1997: $92,975,909
• Imported from China in 1997: $84,900,976

The Barbecue:

Beef

• Produced in the United States in 1999: 26.6 billion pounds
• Imported in 1999: 2.9 billion pounds

Pork

• Produced in the United States in 1999: 19.3 billion pounds
• Imported in 1999: 827 million pounds

Beer (shipped to retail outlets, including grocery stores, restaurants, taverns) in 2000

• Domestic: 198 million barrels
• Imported: 20 million barrels

Sources: Beer Institute, American Meat Institute, Census Bureau