4th July - Independence Day (USA)
Special Days & Holidays
The Fourth of July or "Independence Day" is a major holiday in
the United States, celebrating the birth of the United States of America in
1776, with the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
Like Thanksgiving Day, the Fourth of July is a national (Federal) holiday with
most people getting the day off work however unlike Thanksgiving, being in
the height of summer, the festivities are mainly based outdoors and
traditionally the 4th July festivities generally end with fireworks displays, as
has been done since 1777.
Fourth of July parties often have a Red, White and Blue theme and celebrations
often take the form of picnics and barbeques, held in back yards or on the
beach. It's generally a relaxed and informal occasion where friends and family
get together to celebrate the birth of their nation.
As mentioned above, many parties and celebrations for the Fourth of July are
held outdoors and the informal nature of the holiday makes it ideal for al
fresco eating including barbecued meats and poultry, picnics, hot dogs,
burgers, salads and fruit pies. Watermelon is also a traditional favourite. For
most, this is not a time for fancy foods and recipes.
Red White and Blue Fourth of July Party
The most obvious fourth of July party idea is to have a red, white and blue
colour themed party. There's no need to just stick to the usual table cloths,
napkins, bunting and balloons - go a step further and continue the colour theme
in the food. There are lots of ingredients which are red or white but the blue
can be a little more tricky. Blueberries are the most obvious but you can also
use blackberries or blackcurrants and, where appropriate, colour the foods with
blue food colouring. Another great way to add blue is in drinks. Simply make up
blue coloured ice cubes.
Fourth of July Beach Party
If you're lucky enough to be close to the sea, have a Fourth of July beach
party. The food can take the form of a picnic but why not buy some disposable
barbecues so you can cook stuff whilst you're there. There's no need to
stick to the usual burgers either - prawns on skewers make an excellent
addition and have the added bonus of being able to be cooked much more quickly.