Independence Day observes the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Since July 4, 1776, a date etched into every American’s bank of knowledge, celebrations have come a long way from a group of five rather stoic men passing a quill around the table.
The holiday falls in the midst of summer vacations and is typically celebrated outdoors. Fireworks extravaganzas, backyard barbecues, festive parades, outdoor concerts and long anticipated family reunions are all popular Fourth of July events.
Today’s celebrants bask in the cool comfort of barely-there swimwear and shorts. When you consider how our founding fathers were dressed, you can be grateful stifling waistcoats, breeches with stockings and funky powdered wigs have never revisited fashion runways.
The food served at Independence Day celebrations has also improved. Wild game and boiled spuds no longer grace picnic menus. Today’s grilled fowl is laden in flavorful sauces. Gourmet cheeseburgers and hot dogs are on the menu along with delicious salads and accompaniments.
Independence Day conjures images of colorful fireworks. Firing pyrotechnics into the sky seem far more family friendly than firing explosives at the British. Although every fireworks show seems to resemble the next, we still gather to watch, year after year. The spectacle is a time-honored tradition to which we cling.
The red, white and blue colors of Old Glory abound, from table settings to berry-covered desserts to the clothing worn by people and their pets. The star spangled banner proudly waves in every direction.
Wherever your plans to celebrate Independence Day take you, have fun as you show appreciation for the freedoms paved from that historical signing. The powdered wig is optional.