It is that time of year again. Bust out the red, white and blue because the Fourth of July is here. Independence Day is the national holiday that commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, which was signed on this day way back when in 1776. As for a little history lesson, interestingly and oddly enough, the Fourth of July did not become a federal holiday until 1870, almost a century later.
In celebration of America's independence, there is quite a number of words and things to associate with the holiday, whether it is an activity, food, objects, emotions. It is a day of celebration. Especially with it being a day in the summer, it is a day full of festivities. In honor of the Fourth of July, keep these five 'f-words' in mind as you go about your day:
It becomes a family affair as a get together at so and so's house or the park, or even perhaps the beach, orchestrated and put together. Sitting around, chatting, laughing, swimming, and playing games with the music going, the food cooking, and the smiles glowing. Excitement for the night to come and everything that entails. The anticipation it brings fills the atmosphere.
Can't forget about the food, especially for all of the empty stomachs after all that play. Whether it is barbecuing or grilling, the menu is going to be good and tasty. Regardless if it is hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken wings, you name it — you are going to be eating good.
It would not be much of a day if fire was not incorporated in some way, shape or form. Having a bonfire is a great idea. Then there is the classic route of watching fireworks by going to the local hot spot to watch them along with other groups of families or living in an area that permits and allows you to do it yourself. Watching all the different colors and seeing the different shapes makes it a magical moment from liking the loud noises to seeing others covering their ears from the big boom. Sparklers, Pop-Its, and Confetti Poppers are also popular.
There are plenty of ways to feel and be festive both inside and out. Donning red, white and blue or the stars and stripes gives you plenty of options. Then there are the glow bracelets and light up necklaces, the hats and flowers. From the arts and crafts to the decorations, showing pride would be no biggy.
5. The 'Feels'
With Independence Day comes patriotism. Feeling and showing pride is seen throughout the day as flags are raised in honor.