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More spending for food and fireworks for the Fourth

Americans will be spending more for Independence Day this year – 58 percent more than last year –  according to a spending survey by Visa.RWB fireworks

The survey also showed Midwesterners and Southerners will spend more on Fourth Foodfireworks than the rest of the country. Somehow, that doesn’t seem to surprising.

Here are highlights of the survey:

This year, the Visa survey found that respondents planned to spend significantly more at $300.  In 2012 respondents, planned to spend an average of $190 on the Fourth of July holiday whether they were traveling or staying at home.

The number of Americans planning to celebrate Independence Day is up as well. Last year’s survey showed that almost 21% of respondents estimated they would not spend anything on celebrating the holiday. That number dropped significantly this year with only 12% reporting that they didn’t plan to spend anything.

Additionally, regional disparities exist in overall spending as well:

  • Northeasterners will spend an average of $454.
  •  Southerners will spend an average of $339.
  • Westerners will spend an average of $206.
  • Midwesterners will spend an average of $195.

Over 40% of Americans plan to buy fireworks, spending an average of $28.  Spending on fireworks also varied geographically.  Midwesterners and Southerners love their fireworks twice as much as Northeasterners and Westerners. In the South and Midwest they are planning to spend $35 and $36 respectively.  In the Northeast and West, with more legal restrictions and limited access, respondents plan to spend less than half that amount at $17.  Men are going all out, planning to spend over twice what women plan to spend on fireworks, $39 versus $18.

Americans celebrating the Fourth at home are planning to spend $169 while the 10% of celebrating respondents taking overnight trips away from home plan to spend an average of $1,161.

“The Fourth of July is a great day for celebration” said Nat Sillin, Visa’s head of U.S. Financial Education, “but don’t let your budget explode like a firework.  It’s important to plan your spending and then stick to that plan.”

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