Fourth of July is Deadliest Holiday Weekend

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Fireworks explode over the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion as tens of thousands of people look on from the Grand Park Fourth of July celebration in downtown Los Angeles on Friday, July 4, 2014. (Credit: Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)

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The Fourth of July is the most dangerous American holiday weekend of the year, experts say.

The National Safety Council estimated that there would be 385 deaths and 41,200 injuries — including car crashes,  swimming incidents and fireworks accidents — this Fourth of July. Last year, there were eight deaths and 11,400 injuries from fireworks mishaps alone.

Research finds that the majority of deaths on and around Independence Day are from car accidents.

Between 2008 and 2012, July 4 had an average of 127 deaths in crashes each year, according to data collected by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. New Year’s Day followed with an average of 122 deaths annually.

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