Barbecue. Bald eagles. George Washington. Freedom. NASCAR. Nerf Guns. Apple Pie. Those Croc shoes. Sleeveless Tees. Fried Food. Recipe for the Fourth of July if we ever saw one. The best thing is, you can keep adding ingredients, and it’ll still be the best dish you ever made. So what should you do on the day of America’s birth? Take a gander at some of these activities if you’re looking for something American to do to celebrate our country’s independence.
1. Grill Meat
Americans are good at meat. Grilling, smoking, baking – you name it we do it. You’ll find most neighborhoods smelling like a good steak this weekend. Set up a backyard party with neighbors or friends complete with burgers, chicken kebabs or maybe some pork ribs. Also, if you have to question it – go ahead, throw some bacon on it.
2. Wear Red, White and Blue
Body paint is a thing. Temporary hair color is a thing. You can bet you’ll see some at a parade going on. Embrace your patriotism on the outside. While wearing red, white, blue, stars and stripes isn’t illegal, wearing an actual flag is. Make sure you’re obeying proper flag etiquette when choosing your most patriotic gear.
3. Shoot fireworks
We urge you to err on the side of caution this holiday. Please be safe and keep friends, family members, neighbors and pets out of harm’s way. If you’re curious about your state’s laws regarding fireworks, here’s a directory from the American Pyrotechnics Association.
4. Watch a fireworks display (a much safer alternative to the above)
Fireworks and the Fourth go hand in hand. Even John Adams envisioned fireworks for our Fourth of July celebrations. Here’s a list of the 10 best 4th of July firework displays in the USA you can attend.
5. Watch a food challenge
When Americans aren’t busy cooking meat, we’re busy eating life-threatening amounts of it. Nathan’s hot dog eating contest is an annual hot dog eating competition that occurs on the 4th. It’s broadcast by ESPN and it also happens to be the company’s 100th anniversary. Current hot dog eating record holders are Joey Chestnut at 69 hot dogs and Sonya Thomas at 45 hot dogs.
6. Take a road trip down Route 66
Route 66 is one of the United States’ most popular road trips. Spanning from Chicago all the way to Los Angeles you’ll get to see quirky cafes, big neon signs and kitschy mom-and-pop diners. So go out and explore and eat some fast food in your car.
7. Test your trivia knowledge
Did you know that historians argue we might have actually gained our independence on July 2nd? Check out these other fun and interesting Independence Day facts and test your friends’ knowledge while you’re chowing down on brats and burgers.
So y’all go on and get out there to celebrate our nation’s independence this Fourth of July. Let’s all come together to have a good time and let our only argument be whether or not it’s ‘Merica or ‘Murica.
What are your favorite Fourth traditions? Let us hear ‘em in the comments below.