If you gave your cell phone's data plan a workout during last weekend's Star-Spangled Spectacular events, you weren't the only one.
Leading mobile service providers AT&T and Verizon said they saw significant increases in data usage in and around Fort McHenry and the Inner Harbor over the weekend.
Verizon reported a 60 percent increase in data usage in that area from Friday to Sunday compared with the same weekend in 2013.
AT&T added additional capacity using special equipment in and around the festivities. Drawing information from just the additional equipment, AT&T said attendees to the Star-Spangled 200 celebration used more than 123 gigabytes of data from Friday through Sunday. The data usage was the equivalent of more than 400 hours of streaming HD video, AT&T said.
AT&T declined to provide additional data usage information, but said the regular network near the events did experience a "substantial" jump in data usage.
AT&T said the Star-Spangled weekend is indicative of American's ever increasing data usage. Data traffic has increasedW a whopping 30,000 percent nationwide in the past six years as video and other data heavy applications become more commonplace, the company said.