For those cookouts, pork and beef products usually wind up on the grill. Of the 41.2 billion pounds of beef produced in 2013, almost a quarter of it comes from Texas and Nebraska — and a third of the total 2013 U.S. pork production of $32.2 billion pounds is from Iowa.
And one last fact: Three of the first five U.S. presidents died on July 4. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died in 1826, the 50th anniversary of the country’s birth. Adams’ last words were “Thomas Jefferson still survives.” James Monroe, the fifth president, died five years later in 1831.