The holiday to celebrate American Independence is about more than just flags, fireworks, and the colors red, white, and blue. The Fourth of July is a holiday filled with exciting events, parties, parades, fireworks, "traditional" food, drinks, and loads of calories — all while celebrating the anniversary of the nation’s independence of course! This Fourth of July, gain a sense of patriotism by learning these 10 jaw-dropping facts about Independence Day food and drink.
Our forefathers might have easily anticipated the firework-and meat-filled summer celebration that July 4 has become since 1776. Since the birth of our nation, Americans have had quite the reputation for being adventurous and gluttonous in all aspects. Interestingly enough, the Founding Fathers had a long history of Congressional disputes over dinners, particularly during the drafting of the Declaration of Independence. It was food and drink that kept our Founding Fathers sane and patriotic, naturally.
Out of respect for the nation, before you gulp down that potato salad, along with by multiple hot dogs and numerous desserts to follow, ask yourself: do you know where the food you're eating this Fourth of July holiday comes from around the U.S.? Do you know when or where the first Independence Day party took place?
Check out our slideshow for Fourth of July food facts as you prepare to throw some hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill, and salute the ancestors, states, and fellow Americans that make this enjoyable celebration possible!