What are your favorite things about the Fourth of July? Fireworks and food are among the top answer, of course. You can see the array of colors lighting up the sky right now, can’t you? The smell of hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill is now on your radar too, right? A lot of us would agree, but what we all understand is the best parts of July 4th are the fellowship and the appreciation for the red, white, and blue. Below is a little history on this fantastic day.
The Fourth of July, which is also known as Independence Day, has been a federal holiday in our country since 1941. While it did not become an official federal holiday until 1941, the traditions of Independence Day go back to the 18th century and the American Revolution. July 2, 1776 is when the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence. Two days later, on July 4, 1776, delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence. This historic document was drafted by Thomas Jefferson. This day is also a time for us to remember and thank those brave souls who have fought for our freedom.
The Fourth of July has been celebrated as the birth of American Independence. These celebrations took place even in 1776. Colonists would celebrate with festivities such as concerts, bonfires, parades, and the firing of cannons. Typically, there were readings of the Declaration of Independence as well. Now, the 4th of July is celebrated with food, fireworks, and family. Lots of people gather together for barbecues, parades, and concerts in honor of this great holiday.
Here are some ideas on how to spend your 4th of July if you have not already figured it out:
- “Star Spangled Spectacular”: A huge hit for the Fourth of July is always the grand firework show at the pier in Panama City Beach. This event is always so fun, and such a great way to ring in the spirit of Independence Day. Plus, you get to spend the day at the beach – what could be better?!
- Have a “red, white, and blue” themed party. Gather your friends and family together for a fun Independence Day party! You can find lots of cute, patriotic decor at different stores throughout this area. Make sure you do not forget about the patriotic themed food and drinks as well. Raspberry lemonade, hamburger sliders, potato salad, hot dogs, baked beans, watermelon, peach cobbler, and banana pudding are among some of the favorite foods. Have your guests arrive in red, white, and blue outfits to match with the 4th of July theme. Ultimately, just enjoy spending time with your family and friends!
- Shop with us at Eagle Eye: Come by and see us on Wednesday! We will be closing a little early. Our hours on July 4th will be 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. We have lots of deals happening in store and select styles online in honor of July 4th and our Anniversary Sale.
The Fourth of July is just one way that we can celebrate and reflect on our great nation. No matter what you decide to do on Wednesday, we hope that you will treasure time spent with your family and friends, while appreciating the beauty of America.