it’s here, ladies! the Fourth of July weekend has arrived. and with it all sorts of homegrown festivities to celebrate our nation’s independence with parades, concerts, fireworks, and a 4th of July backyard barbecue hosted by yours truly. this year the 4th falls on Sunday, so Monday is recognized as the national holiday. Independence Day has been recognized as an official holiday since 1870 then became a paid federal holiday in 1941. but the 4th of July has been celebrated since 1776 as the birth of American Independence. on July 2nd, 1776, the Continental Congress voted for the colonies’ independence from Britain. on July 4th, the Declaration of Independence was formally adopted, and the Revolutionary War raged on. the first official celebration of Independence Day was in Philadelphia on July 4th, 1777. and we continue to commemorate this exceptional day with organized celebrations and fireworks. if you live in the good old U.S. of A., this is truly a day we should all be proud to call ourselves American.
this is one holiday i have always loved to celebrate and have fond childhood memories of neighborhood parades, homemade ice cream, apple pie, hamburgers, pickup baseball games, golf tournaments then packing blankets and sparklers to head to our local fireworks display. this year my kiddos are gathering at my home then off to the Georgia Club to join in the happy festivities. just love the 4th of July!
nothing fancy this year for our 4th of July backyard barbecue, just the typical hotdogs and the sides that go with it. but i am happy to set up a patriotic table. my everyday dishes are white, so it’s easy to bring in shades of blue and red to celebrate the 4th. and i love to hunt for red, white, and blue paper goods that abound this time of year.
time to fire up the grill. hotdogs, chicken, and corn on the cob will be roasted to perfection.
this Weber charcoal grill is so easy to use. is there anything better than the smell of a charcoal grill fired up? add the sound of lawnmowers and visions of my childhood dance in my head.
a beverage station is always set up outside with water and ice tea. with beverage dispensers, my guests can fill up their glasses as often as they need.
Place cubed watermelon on a tray or shallow bowl. top with feta, serrano peppers, lime juice and olive oil.
oscar and i wish you a safe and happy 4th of July!