Independence day - explained
For most Americans, the coming of the Fourth of July is a time for celebration of national heritage. It’s also a chance to throw a wild party and engage in some old-fashioned overindulgence in food and drink.
The date marks Independence Day, a reminder of the historic date in 1776 when Congress approved the Declaration of Independence. This act made thirteen American colonies free states, independent from the rule of Britain’s King George III. This act set into motion the creation of the USA as we know it today.
Now a national holiday in America’s yearly calendar, the day is distinguished by patriotic displays at outdoor parties, where families and friends get together to take advantage of their time off. From fireworks, to bonfires and parades, the USA usually celebrates the day in style.
To help you get your 4th July celebrations in order this year, we’ve brought together some fun Independence Day ideas you can read below!
Traditional 4th of July foods
If you want to mark Independence Day using your culinary skills, there are quite a few traditional options to choose from, including:
- On the BBQ: hot dogs, hamburgers, wings, ribs and corn-on-the-cob
- Side dishes: potato salad, baked beans, coleslaw, chips & dip and dill pickles
- Sweet treats: s’mores, trifle, strawberry shortcake, lemonade and ice cream
Take your party outside into the garden, to your outdoor pool, to a local park or to the beach and you’ll be well on your way to capturing the spirit of the occasion! Of course, everything that can be coloured should come in red, white and blue - especially flags, garlands, banners and any decorative elements you can get your hands on.
To that end, read on for some thirst-quenching examples of patriotic cocktails you can mix for your Independence Day party.
4th of July Cocktails
A traditional punchy beverage, the sangria is a famously Spanish drink. All you need to turn this into an American classic is some food colouring, as shown in this great frozen sangria recipe, as well as this sparkling sangria alternative.
The piña colada is a deliciously sweet cocktail, perfect for any summer BBQ. Learn how to turn this classic into a red, white and blue twist ideal for your 4th July party.
If you really want to get into the spirit of American confectionary, how about adding a splash of vodka to a special red, white and blue slushie? This is bound to be a hit when the sun is shining.
Leaning into this theme, we’ve also found a brilliant recipe for some firework-themed Jell-O shots in the colours of the American flag.
For the non-drinkers, teetotallers and underaged attendees of your Independence Day celebration, there’s also this fun and brightly-coloured Captain America mocktail!
For anything else, you can always check out our Cocktail Recipes.
4th of July Recipes and Food Ideas
If you’ve got plans to host your own 4th July bash this year, here are just a few ideas you can use to cook up a storm, fill your plates and keep your guests on-theme:
- The ‘best ever’ fried chicken recipe
- Grilled reuben-style hot dogs
- Vegan pulled pork-style sandwich
- Vegan potato salad
- A red, white and blue berry trifle
- A 4th July marshmallow dip
- US flag-themed sweet pizza
- Vegan lime pie bars
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We hope these recipes and ideas have set you up for an unforgettable celebration this year.
For help putting together your summer beverages, consider our vegan-friendly cocktail ingredients, including mixers, fruit purees and syrups for any drink you can think of!
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