Celebrating the Fourth of July (the American way)

Celebrating the Fourth of July (the American way)

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One day a year, the American people are given the OK to publicly express their gratitude for the men who worked tirelessly to present them with life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness through a celebration of food, fun and family. (Not that we could really limit our appreciation to one day a year, but we do our best.) With the Fourth of July quickly approaching, people across the country are preparing for some of the wildest celebrations of the year. Even in our nation's troubling times, we deserve to properly observe this honorable day of independence, with just a few things that are a holiday must.


No Fourth of July celebration would be complete without some classic barbecue style foods. We Americans are known for enjoying our food in an organized fashion; specifically eating contests. I mean, would you really want to eat all of your favorite foods in any way other than stuffing your face so quickly that you don't even get to taste them? A true Fourth of July cookout celebration should always include meat, whether it be hamburgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken, ribs, pulled pork, or the most American meat of all: bacon. The meal should also include traditional patriotic sides, such as beans, coleslaw, Lays potato chips, corn on the cob, watermelon and potato salad. Independence Day cookouts would be nothing without some beverages- how could we forget the iced tea and fresh squeezed lemonade (and maybe just one ice cold beer) and of course, a red, white, and blue themed dessert.


It is also true that the Fourth of July celebration just wouldn't be the same without some classic activities. Every celebratory American party comes equipped with the obligation to partake in at least one (if not all) of the following events: Attend a parade- go ahead, sit on the sidewalk between thousands of other screaming, sweaty individuals, equally as excited about the holiday. Go see fireworks- this is one of the only times that it is socially acceptable to be face-to-face with a group of people and not speak a single word to any of them. Display an American flag- if you don't do it, did you actually celebrate?? Admire bald eagles- no explanation necessary.


This holiday weekend, it is clear that Americans do not need any more reason to celebrate how far our nation has come. Set backs aside, the American people have a lot to be proud of and so much more to be thankful for. Grab your family and friends and get ready to party. Break out the grill, the coolers, the glow sticks and the sparklers and spread the cheer in your own way. This holiday celebration is one that will be executed perfectly, no matter how you do it, so show off your stars and stripes and God bless 'Merica.

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A Letter To Dad From His Thankful Daughter

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Dear Daddy,

I want to start off by saying thank you for always being there for me. You have not made me go a day without a father in my life. You have and continue to teach me how to be loved. You have always loved me with your whole heart. You are not selfish but humble and kind. You gave up your dreams so I could chase mine, thank you. Thank you for giving me the opportunities you did not have growing up. Thank you for working long hard hours so that I can have the things I have. Thank you for always making things work between you and mom. Thank you for not leaving. Thank you for being my daddy.

Thank you for all that you have done and continue to do every day. I will forever be grateful for you daddy. It is because of you that I know how to ride a bike, how to swim, how to cook collard greens and how to pump gas (lol). Thank you for always being a great father and husband to mom. I will always know how a man should treat their daughter and wife because of you. You continuously encourage me to run after my dreams even when I have lost my faith. Thank you for lifting my spirit up when I am down. You have always been a shoulder to cry on. You are my hero. You are the best father and I hope one day I can marry someone who is just like you. You have given your life away to work and support mom and me. Thank you.

Thank you for trying you hardest to not let me fall and for always picking me up when I did. You are my hero. You are the person I look up to for advice and for comfort. I hope you know that I am the person I am today because of and for you. So, Thank you. Thank you for helping me set my standards in a husband and in the future father of my children. Thank you for never leaving me lonely. Thank you for teaching me all the things a daddy should teach their daughter. Thank you for never letting me go without. Thank you for being a daddy and a good one at that.

I am not sure if I have told you this as much as I should but I am so thankful for you. I never had to grow up and not know what it was like to not have you around. Thank you. I will never have to feel alone. I will always have you to hold me and tell me you love me. You are my daddy, my hero, my supporter and my biggest fan. I love you.

So, thank you for never leaving me alone, for teaching me how to not be afraid, and for loving me. I love you, dad.

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Your daughter

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