Well here it is again. Some call it Independence Day. Some just call it The 4th of July. Whatever you call it, a celebration is in order to commemorate the birth of the USA USA USA.

There are many traditions associated with the 4th of July. Fireworks, for sure. A sprinkling of patriotic songs are in the mix. Hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill. Apple pie. Parades, picnics, backyard barbeques are all part of the celebration of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence way back in 1776.

I have a friend who has an uncle named Samuel. Each 4th of July Uncle Sam has a pig roast on his back forty for family and friends. His wife, Betsy makes home made pies with cherries imported from the very orchard where George Washington chopped his famous tree. OK, I cannot tell a lie. I made that one up.

In our house, it’s milk shakes. Not sure when it started or why it started or how it started, but at one point, we were whipping up cup after cup of delicious, frothy, founding fathers foam for all who wished to partake. Kids I didn’t even know came back with cups asking for more. Was it good? It was just like the 4th of July.

Oddly, this tradition was often followed by watching fireworks on TV. (Yeah, I know, lame. But they wouldn’t let me into the park with my blender.) For a few years we had these goofy looking 3D glasses to enhance the experience of the explosions on our 32″ color TV and boy were we on the cutting edge. We still rely on that TV but sadly technology passed us by.

On celebrating the Declaration of Independence, founding father John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail on July 3, 1776. “It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.” (1)

Wedwand is wondering what you do to celebrate the 4th of July, so do share your traditions. What special way do you celebrate the 4th of July?


1) American University Professor James R. Heintze has an excellent website on Fourth of July Celebrations if you care to view.

The Adams quote according the Heintze, “is the exact text from his letter with the original spellings.”

Ironically, founding fathers, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe all actually died on July 4th. But their spirit lives on. “And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.” — Final sentence of the Declaration of Independence adopted July 4, 1776.