July 4th is nearly upon us and with it comes all of the celebrations, fireworks, backyard barbecues we are accustomed to. The holiday is uniquely American as we gather with family and friends to celebrate the birth of our country. It is a holiday where we remember the sacrifice and loss that we as a country sustained in the name of our freedom. As such, the 4th of July is filled with celebrations as well as symbolism in our traditions. There are many ways to celebrate this 4th of July and to honor the men and women who fought so bravely for our country and its independence.
One way American cities do this is to celebrate with parades. These can range from small to large, but they generally honor our troops with a show of military units, floats, horses and flag bearers stepping to the tune of a marching band. These are great family friendly events that offer a fun way to honor our military.
A more community oriented tradition is throwing a family or neighborhood barbecue. When it’s summertime everybody loves to get outside and grille up some meat and veggies. Enjoying burgers, hot dogs and veggie kabobs while sharing time with your neighbors is a great way to build community on a day where our independence was won through camaraderie and sense of common goal. Hey, the food doesn’t hurt either!
One of the most famous celebrations of our nation’s independence is when families flock to their communities fireworks show. These are often loud and beautiful and choreographed to patriotic music. The fireworks symbolize the shots of gunfire and cannons that were heard throughout the war as our young nation fought for its freedom and commemorate and honor those that fought for our victory.
These are just a few of the ways that Americans have traditionally celebrated our great nation’s independence day. Whether you are grilling up a storm and sharing time with friends and family or getting to your favorite fireworks viewing spot early for the best view, we hope that you have a wonderful 4th of July celebration this year!