The Real Cost of July 4, from NYC to Nashville

By Lewis Braham - 2012-06-26T20:34:29Z

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The Fourth of July has repeatedly ranked as the deadliest day to drive in the year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Nearly 51 percent of all deadly traffic crashes on July 4 are related to alcohol, especially underage drinking. In 2010, 392 people were killed during the holiday, and many more injured. Fireworks accounted for 8,800 emergency room visits in 2009, yet only two deaths, according to the Consumer Products Safety Commission. The average emergency room visit costs $1,318.