Independence Day is the day we celebrate the birth of our nation. It's the day, back in 1776, when our founding fathers put the finishing touches on the Declaration of Independence. John Hancock was the first to sign, followed by 55 other men who all were committing treason as they did so, a crime punishable by death. It was all worth it in the end though, when in 1783, the war finally came to end and America won their independence from Great Britain.
The first 4th of July celebrations following the war were grand, exuberant festivities full of pride. Over the years, the traditions have evolved a bit, centered now around fireworks, BBQ's, and outdoor activities, but the meaning behind the day is still the same—to celebrate the history, culture, and legacy of our beautiful nation.
Not sure what to plan for the big 4th of July weekend? Here are 5 fun ideas that are sure to make Independence Day extra special.
#1 Cook an American-themed Feast
Part of what makes America so great is that it's a melting pot of various cultures, but that doesn't mean that we don't have our go-to classic American recipes. It's true the classics tend to be a bit on the unhealthy side—mac n cheese, tator tots, PB&J, key lime pie, s'mores—but hey, it's a holiday! Create a spread of American favorites and serve them up buffet style at a casual celebration. There will be something for everyone!
#2 Go the classic route with a 4th of July BBQ
The most classic way to celebrate 4th of July in modern years is to do so with a BBQ. Hot dogs, hamburgers, grilled watermelon (if you're feeling adventurous) …nothing says 4th of July like a BBQ with friends and family. For most, the BBQ is the precursor to a grand firework celebration after dark, and there's no better way to enjoy the show than with a full stomach and good company. Plus, we have great accessories to keep your BBQ entertaining for everyone, like our extra-long BBQ King and Queen knife and fork set and our fun BBQ plates, sure to make your guests smile!
#3 Throw a Costume Party with an America Theme
It's just like Halloween, but WAY easier to find a costume since all you have to do is page through a history book. Throw a costume party with an America theme and ask everyone to dress up as a famous American. It could be as classic as George Washington, or as modern as Taylor Swift—just keep it local!
#4 Honor the Veterans
The 4th of July is also when we take time to think about our veterans and all those who have sacrificed a bit of their lives to keep us safe. Visit a memorial, teach your kids about all the brave men and women who selflessly keep our country safe every single day. They deserve our appreciation each day, not just on a holiday, but the 4th of July can serve as a great reminder to thank them for their service and all that they do for us. Check out our line of Duke Cannon soap products—all American made, military-themed, and perfect for the tough soldier in your life.
#5 Binge watch some American Classics
If low-key is more your style this holiday, why not pay tribute to America by viewing some American classic film? From the old school Westerns, to “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, to “Forrest Gump”, America has a rich cinematic history that has shaped us in so many ways. Embrace American culture with a movie marathon of American greats!
However you choose to spend your holiday, take a minute to be grateful for what you have and for all the sacrifices that had to be made in order for us to be where we are today!