It is celebrated by Americans annually on July 4. Independence Day observes the signing of our Declaration of Independence.
Celebrations have come a long way since a group of five rather stoic men passed a quill around the table on July 4, 1776.
The holiday falls in the midst of summer and is typically celebrated outdoors. Festive parades, outdoor concerts, fireworks extravaganzas, backyard barbecues and 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 dressed, you can be grateful stifling waistcoats, breeches with stockings and funky powdered wigs have never revisited fashion runways.
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 condiments.
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.
Old Glory’s red, white and blue colors 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 freedoms paved from that historical signing. The powdered wig is optional.