Why Do We Celebrate On The 4th Of July?
Submitted by: Nicola Kennedy
The 4th of July has been an important holiday but today, more and more people do not know why we actually celebrate this day. If you are not up to date on your history of the United States, July 4th, 1776 is the day that the colonies decided to declare themselves independent of Britain. By writing a very detailed decree, they decided that they no longer would need to be governed by the Kings of England that had been so very unjust to the colonists in the years before. On July 4th, America was born. We call the 4th of July Independence Day because this day was the day they declared independence from Great Britain.
Today, we celebrate the fact that we are a free nation that is no under the rule of another. But, there is more to the celebration of independence than just the fact that this is the birthday of the United States. In fact, there are many goals and ideas that are represented in this celebration that until this day we fight for and protect around the world.
The Declaration of Independence, the actual decree in which was signed the independence of the United States, stands as a symbol for all of the things that we, as Americans, believe in. What are the symbols that it stands for?
The right to live with the freedoms of religion, without persecution and with the ability to think and do for yourself.
The courage it takes to protect freedom. It took the individuals that signed the Declaration a great deal of courage to do so as they could have been hung for treason. We use this symbol as a means to remind us that courage is often needed in times when our freedoms are threatened.
A symbol that people can live in a country that is governed by its people and that every person in that country is a very important person for its well being.
We celebrate the 4th of July for a number of reasons. We talk about how the United States of America was born and how many have died for that to happen. We celebrate the fact that we, as a nation, want all people to be free. And, we realize that without the courage and bravery of all those that came before us, we would not have the freedoms that we hold so very dear to us.
About the Author: Nicola always enjoys celebrating Independence Day. She can help you salute Old Glory in style with 4th of July tips and news, information and views at http://independence-day.your-holiday.info
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Dos and Don’ts For a Fourth of July Cookout
Submitted by: Cherie Rasmussen
With the Fourth of July around the corner and cookout season beckoning, you could be planning the all-American backyard grilling event this year. Whether you are an amateur or a seasoned pro at the cookout, here are some handy Dos and Don’ts to help make your Fourth of July celebration a success!
DO plan your event beforehand. Make a guest list, send out invites, plan the menu, shop for supplies, and prepare the activities for the event.
DO get into the patriotic mood and set up red, blue, and white decorations. They could be simple – just some lights, or red, blue, and white napkins and other table decorations. If you enjoy craft, you could make an entire range of Fourth of July decorations ahead of time.
DO put up the flag.
DO have plenty of things for your guests to do. Have a game set up: badminton, volleyball, or baseball. Not enough space? A deck of cards or a Frisbee to toss around works just as well.
DO play music in keeping with the theme. Make a CD with a mix of country and rock versions of patriotic songs.
DO make it a potluck if pressured for time. Remember, guests love to bring food to a celebration.
DO make the hot dog if you are planning the typical Fourth of July cookout. Homemade works just as well as store-brought.
DO have plenty of other food to grill, such as fresh vegetables (it’s summer, after all), corn on the cob, chicken, steaks, or bratwursts.
DO have at least a couple of beverages, one alcoholic and another non-alcoholic for your guests. Have plenty of water.
DO provide choices for your vegetarian guests. You can get veggie burgers or soy dogs at your grocery store.
DO keep perishables cold. Keep the cold salads in the refrigerator until ready to serve. It also helps to keep cold food on smaller containers on ice to maintain temperatures and keep bacteria out.
DO serve watermelon – it’s red!
Do have plenty of sunscreen and a first-aid kit handy.
DON’T keep raw and cooked food on the same plates or utensils. Avoid cross-contamination at all costs.
DON’T run out of grilling fuel or ice.
DON’T leave kids unsupervised around the pool or around fireworks.
DON’T drink too much alcohol. You need to be in control till the very end.
When transporting meats and poultry to the cookout site, make sure they are cooked completely. It is never advisable to carry partially cooked meats and poultry in coolers. Partially cooked meat does not reach temperatures necessary to kill bacteria, and these bacteria will only grow and spread to other food in the cooler. Either cook the meat completely and chill it before putting it in the cooler, or carry uncooked meat that can be grilled right away.
DO charge your cameras ahead of time.
DO put a trash can or a recycle bin on the patio, Clean up the fireworks debris too.
Above all, DO have a wonderful Fourth of July!
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