That's 114 million people, about 5 million more than in 2008. Two reasons for the increase: July 4th is on a weekend and steadily rising gas prices has everyone taking “staycations” closer to home.
What will everyone be buying? According to the BIGresearch, burgers, ribs and all the trimmings for a July 4th food fest. And patriotic merchandise, of course. Lots of Americans already own flags, decorations and assorted red, white and blue stuff, but about 14% plan on buying more of it. This 4th of July you may want to take your outdoor holiday decorating up a notch.
We went to terrain at Styer’sfor some help creating a “green” red, white and blue “party decoration”. With help from Melanie Miller, one of terrain's garden experts, we paired a classic red Knock Out® rose with veronica 'Icicle', white calibrachoa and the new blue geranium ‘Rozanne'.
Here's the trick. Just put the Knock Out® in its pot in the larger container and arrange the other plants -- still in their containers – around the rose. Top dress with pine straw, moss, coco husk or just drape the trailing plants to cover the tops of the pots. Keep them watered and give them a shot of Liquid Fence Speedy Grow for a little nutrient boost.
With a little imagination, you can create an instant outdoor 4th of July celebration container that will last well past Labor Day.