Today is Independence Day, one of the most important dates on the American calendar. A paid national holiday, Independence Day celebrates United States’ adoption of the Declaration of Independence on the 4th July 1776, declaring independence from Great Britain.
Independence Day is commonly celebrated with BBQs, parades, picnics, fireworks, concerts, baseball games and carnivals. Public events are held throughout America to celebrate the history, government and traditions of the United States.
Host a BBQ!
One of the most common ways to celebrate Independence Day in the United States is to host a BBQ. Take a look at some of the traditional dishes cooked up on Independence Day, with easy to follow recipes so that you can give them a go yourself.
A staple of the Independence Day BBQ, juicy beef burgers are often filled with pickles, cheese, lettuce, onion and tomatoes, but feel free to choose your favourite fillings!
America is famed for its hot dogs, often seen as one of the national foods. According to hot dog company Schmidt Brothers, Americans consume around six billion hot dogs throughout the month of July, with 155 million of those being consumed on the 4th July alone. Judging by some of those recipes, we can’t blame them.
A cold accompaniment to the hot food on offer at a BBQ, potato salad is also a classic picnic dish. Quick and easy to prepare, it’s also delicious too.
Served hot and cold, fried chicken is a staple of any Independence Day picnic or BBQ. Easy to oven dry, fried chicken is delicious when served with potatoes (potato salad for instance), rice, vegetables and corn on the cob.
If you’re thinking of hosting an Independence Day BBQ, pie is a given. Choose pie fillings in the colours of the American flag (cherry and blueberry are favourites), or go for the traditional American apple pie.
Corn on the cob is a tasty accompaniment to plenty of BBQ and picnic dishes, and it is incredibly quick and easy to make. Follow the recipe we have suggested, and finish it off by adding a knob of butter over the top for an even tastier finish.
No party is complete without a cake, so why not make a themed one? Many Independence Day celebrations include an American Flag Cake, comprising of red, white and blue icing (or frosting), with sprinkles and detailing to resemble the United States’ famous stars and stripes.
Watermelon provides a refreshing touch to a BBQ or picnic, with barely any preparation needed. Or, add it into other dishes, like this salad from Five Heart Home.
Like hot dogs and burgers, corn dogs are another national favourite. Corn dogs are deep fried frankfurters, that are a delicious snack and party accompaniment. Dip it into mustard, BBQ sauce or ketchup to enhance the flavour.
Ways To Celebrate
As well as cooking up a tasty BBQ, there are plenty of ways to get in the spirit. Commonly, Americans celebrate by hanging an American flag, dressing in the red, white and blue colours of the American flag, with patriotic touches (face-painting is a common one), whilst there are several parades held throughout the U.S., along with firework displays and other local events. Many families hold a BBQ during the day, and finish the event off with a night time firework display.
Dress in Red, White & Blue
Embrace the colours of the American flag by dressing patriotically! Here are some suggestions:
Happy Independence Day from all of us at Zee & Co!