Independence Day also known as 4th of July is celebrated throughout America with activities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbeques. No matter if it is the 4th of July, or just another day in the summer, chances are someone in your area is barbequing. In my neighborhood, I usually start smelling the charcoal and gas grills from early morning to late evening. Barbequing has become a tradition enjoyed by Americans, but many cultures enjoy this practice as well. Not only does the food that comes from the grills have a taste that is unmatched by other cooking methods, but barbeque presents a reason for families to gather together. Some of my most memorable experiences happened outdoors at one of my families many get-togethers.
Growing up in Oklahoma, I remember my dad waking up early in the morning to start the fire on his smoker and tend to the grill most of the day. While my dad was grilling my sisters and I would help mom prepare the traditional sides. Our house was the popular place to eat on Sundays and the same was true for this holiday with guest coming throughout the day. The highlight of the 4th of July would be going through the box of fireworks in the evening. Since I was the youngest, I didn’t get a chance to participate as much as I wanted but enjoyed watching my sisters and dad go through the box. Although my dad does not grill anymore due to advanced age, the grandchildren still look forward to grandpa getting the box of fireworks.
This July 4th holiday will be spent spending quality time with my family as my youngest prepares to leave the nest in the fall. Our family will have the popular choices of meats (ribs, chicken, hamburgers and hot dogs) and the traditional barbeque sides; potato salad, baked beans and condiments of pickles, relish and onion to compliment. As you prepare for your Independence Day celebration don’t become overwhelmed with all the details, but take this time to enjoy the moments that you spend with your family and friends.
Happy Independence Day!