The Fourth of July – patriotic gestures, foods, and more; so much Independence Day fun to be had, you do not want to miss out.
Independence Day, or the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday that celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776. The Declaration of Independence proclaimed independence from Great Britain and set the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation. In 1870, Congress made the Fourth of July a federal holiday; however, it wasn’t until 1941 when a provision was expanded to grant paid holidays to employees.
Celebrations surrounding the Fourth of July are rooted in the tradition of political freedom. Fourth of July celebrations come easily to many – picnics, barbeques, parades and fireworks – and so do the friendly gestures of a neighbor, the patriotic displays of the American Flag, and the changing of an ordinary recipe to an Independence Day-themed treat.
Elyse Kaner and her family are one of many Americans with an inspiring story, celebrating the Fourth of July this week. Kaner and her family have had annual traditions that included fireworks, sparklers, parades and family picnics. Though no one in her immediate family had served in the military, Kaner’s mother always showed her devoted patriotism. Kaner added that “when U.S. servicemen hoisting Old Glory smartly marched in front of my mother, she would stand tall (she was about 5 feet 2 inches), place her hand on her heart and a smile on her face, emanating the pride she felt for her hometown, [Wisconsin,] and her country.” While Kaner never asked her mother where her patriotism came from, it becomes further ingrained in her each day.
It is important to note that the Fourth of July is day for both honor and for play. Remember those who have sworn in to defend our freedom, fly the American flag to show respect for Old Glory and the United States; it is custom to fly the U.S. flag from sunrise to sunset.
Fourth of July Recipes
As you prepare to celebrate America’s birthday, have an ordinary recipe turned Fourth of July-themed treat to keep cool for the summer holiday: Red, White and Blue Striped Freezies.
8 oz. fruit punch made with fruit juice
8 oz. variety juices — blue raspberry
8 oz. lemonade
3 cups ice
In blender, whirl fruit punch and 1 cup ice. Pour evenly into 4 cups. Rinse blender. Whirl lemonade and 1 cup ice in blender. Layer over fruit punch in each cup. Rinse blender. Blend blue raspberry juice and 1 cup ice in blender. Layer over lemonade. Serve immediately with straws.
If you are looking for more Independence Day desserts, we have those too! Or, if you want to make your own fruit-based treats that resemble the flag, these red, white, and blue recipes are sure to be crowd pleasers.
While you celebrate the Fourth of a July with your friends and family around parades, barbeques and fireworks, take a moment to remember why America celebrates Independence Day.