One of my favorite American holidays is just around the corner - The 4th of July aka Independence Day! Yeah, yeah, I know, it's a celebration of American declaring it's independence in 1776 from Great Britain (this date is imprinted on my mind as a result of having to study to get my American citizenship), but why shouldn't there be a celebration? I love this all American holiday! It's everything you see at the movies. Family get togethers, barbecues, parties, parades, pies, flags, red white and blue things everywhere, baseball games, fairs and of course fireworks. I wish there was a day like this back home, it's actually quite moving seeing the patriotism and just general American-ness (is that a word?) everywhere!
My kiddos have been scouring Pinterest for all things red, white and blue for our 4th of July celebration. Our menu this year includes blue tortilla chips, red salsa & white sour cream, red white and blue cupcakes, strawberry pretzel dessert decorated to look like a flag, fruit salad with watermelon stars, blueberries, strawberries and pineapple stars, fruit punch for the kiddos with more fruit stars and sangria for the grown ups - of course with the obligatory fruit stars. Burgers and hot dogs will also be on the menu if we have any room after all our red, white and blue items :)
|Some of last year's creations|
I already mentioned fireworks, but man, it gets really crazy here at night on the 4th of July. In fact, it usually starts getting crazy a couple of weeks before the actual holiday. Huge tents are set up in parking lots selling all kinds of fireworks in addition to the already ridiculous amount of firework stores along the Interstates. There's no way this would fly at home and it just looks so dodgy and unregulated to my British brain! Health and Safety? Ha, what's that! Although there are usually some rules regarding where and when you can set them off, nobody seems to care.
|Because you need to be able to buy fireworks 24/7|
|Massive amounts of massive fireworks!|
So, like millions of other Americans, I'm looking forward to hanging out with my family on Friday, eating lots of red white and blue food and watching some fireworks. Wouldn't it be nice if we did this back in the UK, just to celebrate being British? Have a good week y'all!