The Fourth of July celebrates one of the most important moments in United States history: the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. In the 235 years since that day, July 4th has come to mark a lot more than that. For some, the holiday just means another day off from work, while others love the picnics and fireworks.
There are a lot of fun things about the 4th of July holiday, so here are just few of the best.
Over-the-Top Fireworks Displays
Who doesn't love a good fireworks show (other than my dog, who will find the nearest bed to hide under)? Fireworks have a little bit of something for everyone. If you like beautiful colors that light up sky or if you just like things that go boom, you like fireworks.
Even those who don't enjoy fireworks would admit that they are synonymous with the July 4th holiday. So just put your ear-plugs in and enjoy the show!
If you are my age, there is one speech that symbolizes the July 4th weekend and reminds you of what a great country we have. That speech was delivered in 1996 by President Thomas Whitmore in front of hundreds of loyal Americans. Every time I hear the speech I get chills. My favorite part of the speech is definitely, "the fourth of July will no longer be just an American holiday, but as the day when the world declared 'We will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight! We are going to live on. We are going to survive. Today, we celebrate our INDEPENDENCE DAY!'"
I got chills just writing that.
(If you do not get the Independence Day movie reference, this part was probably both confusing and unfunny. I apologize for your lack of pop culture knowledge.)
Is there any food that is more linked with summer than a hot dog? Thanks to Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest, it is also linked to July 4th. I cannot think of another country other than the U.S. in which millions (yes, millions) of people watch competitors shovel hot dogs into their mouths for ten minutes. In 2009, American Joey Chestnut set the all-time record by eating 68 hot dogs and buns in ten minutes. U-S-A! U-S-A!
For the most part, July 4th has been a day for the sun to come out and shine (yes, I realize I'm jinxing myself for the next 10 years). The warm weather brings people outside to truly enjoy the day. Thanks to that hot weather, July 4th also marks another important holiday in the U.S.: National Sidewalk Egg Frying Day. Never heard of it? Let's let Hallmark's Ultimate Holiday Site tell you all about it.
"Summer is heating up and so is the sidewalk. As the sun beats down on the slabs of pavement, we see an opportunity for energy-efficient solar cooking. But why stop at eggs? Get some bacon going in the driveway and some pancakes on the hood of the car. Keep in mind an egg needs to reach 158° F to firm up, so make sure you wear shoes while whipping up your breakfast treat or you'll wind up toasting your feet."
Eggs not your thing? Don't worry; July 4th is also National Graham Cracker Day Eve. So pre-celebrate with a s'more.
Happy Fourth of July!