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Fourth of July Recipes and History

Celebrate Independence Day! Here are our best Fourth of July recipes—plus, a brief history of this most important U.S. national holiday.

Fourth of July Recipes

This great holiday is traditionally observed with parades, band concerts, picnics, and fireworks. Here are some Fourth of July recipes—from picnic sandwiches to barbecue food to patriotic desserts!

Picnics and the Pursuit of Happiness

Packing a picnic? Make Nana’s Brisket Sandwich With Grainy Mustard.
Or, here’s a spicy twist on an old favorite: Pita Pockets Stuffed With Curried Tuna Salad.
Our Crunchy Chicken Salad recipe works as a salad on its own or as a filling for a wrap sandwich.
For a side, this Roasted Potato Salad is a low-fat alternative to the traditional.
Our Macaroni Salad is also an attractive summer dish to serve at a picnic or potluck.

Grilling Up a Great Fourth of July

Here's a great holiday recipe from The Old Farmer's Almanac Everyday Cookbook, plus some more favorites for the grill:
Star-Spangled Chicken With Fireworks Salsa
Basic Burgers
Grilled Veggie Platter
Hobo Packs
Grilled Pork Kabobs
Grilled Striped Bass
Maple Barbecue Ribs

Patriotic Desserts

Add a festive flair with these colorful desserts!
Red, White, and Blue Cheesecake
Red, White, and Blue Sundae
Star-Spangled Berry Pie

See MORE ideas for Independence Day recipes here.

History of Independence Day

In the United States, July 4 marks the day in 1776 when the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence, written by Thomas Jefferson.

Writing in July 1776 from Philadelphia, John Adams related to his wife, Abigail: "Yesterday the greatest Question was decided, which ever was debated in America, and a greater, perhaps, never was or will be decided among Men.  A Resolution was passed without one dissenting Colony . . . "

Take a moment to read the rest of Adams's quote as well as the powerful text of The Declaration of Independence.

Don't forget to raise the American flag on this holiday. As a refresher, here are the U.S. Flag Guidelines.

More 4th of July History

July 4, 1776
In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence and formed the United States of America.

July 4, 1776
Thomas Jefferson noted in his “Weather Memorandum Book” that the weather was cloudy, the temperature 76 degrees F.

July 4, 1826
Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died.

July 4, 1884
The Statue of Liberty was formally presented to the U.S. by France.

July 4, 1911
It was a hot Fourth of July in New England. All-time state records were set in Nashua, New Hampshire (106°F), and Vernon, Vermont (105°F).

Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe. –Thomas Jefferson

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