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The Real Cost of Celebrating July 4th

By Lewis Braham and Nikhil Hutheesing - 2013-06-28T15:04:23Z

Photograph by Ron Chapple/Getty Images

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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. Fireworks accounted for 9,600 emergency room visits in 2011, up by 1,000 over the previous year, yet only four were deaths, according to the Consumer Products Safety Commission. The average emergency room visit costs $1,318.