How American is your Fourth of July?


BRYAN COUNTY, Okla. -- Fireworks and the American flag are classic symbols of patriotism, especially on the Fourth of July. But just how American are they?

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, they're hardly American at all -- at least not where they're made.

In 2013, the bulk of imported fireworks came from china at $203.6 million in worth.

"I think it's be better that we support own country, rather than another country," Nolan Smith, an Allen, Texas resident visiting a Calera, Okla. fireworks store said.

At one fireworks stand in Oklahoma, only an estimated 10 percent of the fireworks are made in America.

Black Cat is one brand that sells some USA made products.

"Anything with American written on it, we'll get it," Eddie Sides of Achille, Okla. said as he shopped for fireworks.

It's the same story for American flags.

An estimated $.39 million of imported flags came from china in 2013.

But there's good news.

If you're flipping patties or enjoying a steak this holiday, there's a good chance it came from only miles away.

"A tremendous amount of the cattle that will end up in the food supply will come from Oklahoma and Texas," Jeff Hazaleus, owner of Durant Stockyards said.

In total, over 50 percent of all beef production comes from five states in the country, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Texas ranks number one and Oklahoma, number five.

For Oklahoma, Robert Bourne, the OSU extension educator in agriculture, said Bryan County is a leading county for cow-calf production.

That means a majority of younger, less weighty cows come through the region to be sold or auctioned. The cows are then taken to another farm, where they will be beefed up to sometimes 900 pounds before they are slaughtered.

Bourne said Bryan County was formerly no. 1 in the state, but lost the title with the recent and powerful droughts.

As for Texas, In 2013, 6.1 billion pounds of the beef product on the U.S. market was from the Lone Star state.

So, while your fireworks and flags weren't home grown -- you can find comfort in your burgers.

"There's nobody that can compete with the beef product in the U.S. from a safety standpoint, a quality standpoint and an economic standpoint," Hazaleus said.


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