The 4th of July is one of America’s most treasured holidays, and Americans typically celebrate the anniversary of their independence with massive parades, flashy fireworks displays, family gatherings, beach trips and more. While last year celebrations were massively restrained due to social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, this year the country is much more open thanks to the distribution of the vaccine. Around 84% of the population plans to celebrate the holiday this year, and 36% of Americans will spend more money on it this year than they did last year, according to a recent nationally representative WalletHub survey.
WalletHub’s survey examined both Americans’ plans for Independence Day and their opinions on freedom and patriotism in light of current events.
- Travel is picking up. 37% more Americans will travel this 4th of July compared to last year.
- Fireworks aren’t essential. 62% of Americans don't think that local governments should use taxpayer dollars for fireworks displays this year.
- Declaring financial independence. 64% of Americans feel financially independent this 4th of July.
- Saving vs. spending. 62% of Americans believe saving money is more patriotic than spending it.
- More Independence Day spending. 36% of Americans are spending more money this 4th of July compared to last year.
Ask the Experts
For additional insight on celebrating the 4th of July in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, WalletHub turned to a panel of experts. Click on the pictures of the experts below to see their bios and responses to the following key questions:
- A new WalletHub survey found that 36% of Americans are planning to spend more money this 4th of July than last year – what impact do you think that will have on seasonal businesses?
- 37% more Americans say they will travel for the 4th of July this year – what do you think of this change compared to last year?
- Why do you think almost 1 in 3 Americans feel more patriotic this year than last year?
Ask the Experts
This report reflects the results of a nationally representative online survey of nearly 650 respondents.
After we collected all responses, we normalized the data by age, gender and income so the sample would reflect U.S. demographics.
Full Details Overall
|Will you travel for July 4th this year?|
|Are you planning on shopping over the 4th of July holiday this year?|
|Are you spending less or more money this summer than last year?|
|Should local governments use taxpayer dollars for fireworks displays this 4th of July?|
|How patriotic do you feel compared to last year?|
|Do you feel financially independent this 4th of July?|
|Which is more patriotic: saving money or spending money?|
|How free do you feel this year compared to last year?|
|Less free than last year||59%|
|More free than last year||41%|
Note: Percentages may not total 100% due to rounding.