- Jun 26, 2018
How to Celebrate the 4th of July Around the Griddle
Why Celebrate the 4th of July?4th of July marks the date of freedom. The USA and its 13 colonies were under British rule - Americans couldn’t decide their own destiny and even had to pay huge taxes to the British government! The American people couldn't take it anymore. So, we officially declared independence after years of fighting with the British. The American Revolution was bloody, and heroes were lost in conflicts like the Boston Massacre and the Battles of Lexington and Concord. When the Continental Congress met in Philadelphia to sign the Declaration of Independence, British rule was over. And it didn’t take long for all their soldiers to leave American soil. Back then, John Adams said Independence Day would be a day to remember with a huge party. He said Americans would celebrate from then on with parades, shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and fireworks. Guess Adams was right. And you should honor the nation with your own celebration!
How to Celebrate Independence Day?Celebrate with freedom. And you can’t get any better than having a great time with your family and friends. The chance to invite people over to your backyard, light a fire, and cook up meals is priceless. It’s what America is all about - the freedom to have fun with who you love. And you can reunite with your loved ones for other events too. After all, it’s your right to choose! Here are our picks for a 4th of July to make anybody proud!
Host a Cookout!Gather your family and friends in your backyard for some delicious meals. Fire up the griddle, throw down burgers and hot dogs, and decorate the yard! For dishes stick to the American classics:
BurgersNobody knows exactly who created burgers. The patty between buns probably came from the hamburg steak in Germany - a round beef fillet with onions and breadcrumbs. Then, in the late 19th century, some Americans started serving burgers at diners and food fairs. Nobody knows for sure who created them first, but they became popular after the St. Louis World Fair in 1904. And now burgers are present in every corner of the country, from smashed patties in diners to triple burgers at a fast food venue. You can’t go anywhere in the USA without finding one. And there are 5 reasons why burgers are delicious on the griddle! So, get into the American spirit and serve up these burgers to the crowd:
Hot DogsHot Dogs are a classic at a baseball game, backyard BBQ or even the streets of New York. But who created them? Well, the sausage is also known as a frankfurter. And Frankfurt is a German town, where folks eat sausages since the 13th century. But the hot dog served in a roll was created in America. During the 19th century, carts served frankfurters and gave customers gloves - it was the only way not to burn their hands! Problem is, people would take the gloves back home, and the food seller would lose money. So, the sellers decided to serve the sausages in a roll to reduce costs. And that was the birth of the hot dog! Celebrate this American food on Independence Day! Here are some hot dogs to griddle up: watch Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating contest! See who can eat the most hot dogs live at 12 PM EST on the 4th of July.
Corn on the CobCorn on the cob is a popular dish for centuries. The native peoples, such as Aztecs and Mayans, had corn farms and considered the dish sacred. When the Europeans arrived to colonize the land, they brought corn up to the USA and still today it’s cultivated across the country. And corn works great on American soil. So great that America is the largest producer of corn in the WORLD! And most of it comes straight from Iowa in the midwest. So, there's no better way to be patriotic than to griddle up delicious, buttered corn on the cob. A crop that powers our economy and keeps your stomach satisfied!
Blackstone 4th of July RecipesAnd if you’re craving for more patriotic griddle meals, we have a recipe section with suggestions! Cook up delicious food to honor Independence!
Decorate with Red, White, and Blue!Honor the date of Independence with a decorated house. There’s no need to go over the top, but you should put in the effort to get your place patriotic. First off, raise the flag if you have one. And do it according to the U.S. flag code:
- Only display the flag during the daytime. Nighttime is only allowed if the flag is totally illuminated - people should recognize it from far away
- Only display the flag during good weather, unless it’s an all-weather flag.
- If the flag is on a staff, raise it quickly until the peak. When it’s time to lower it, do it slowly as a sign of respect
- If the flag is suspended on a rope, keep the union (blue area with stars) toward the house or building
- When you’re going to store it, fold it into a triangle. The blue with stars should be facing up.
Fire up Some Fireworks!Every corner of the nation shoots up fireworks on the 4th. Since the birth of this country, Americans have lit up the sky with tremendous displays of light. Back in the day, they were even called illuminations! You can’t get more patriotic than that. So, if you have a backyard or a park with a lot of space, a fireworks display is a great way to finish off the day. First, check with your city hall the regulations for fireworks. If they allow you to fire up at your home, awesome! But follow these tips to stay safe:
- Clear out your backyard. Make sure there are no flammable materials. For extra safety, water down your lawn with a hose.
- Pay a lot of attention to the instructions on the fireworks. Follow them correctly and use a grill lighter to light them safely.
- Make sure there’s nothing in the sky obstructing the path of the fireworks, such as wiring and housing. Never use fireworks on a windy day!
- Always have a hose or bucket of water close by
- Never light up fireworks near pets. If you have a cat or dog, keep him away from the noise in a locked and comfortable room.
- Don’t let children touch fireworks and always have an adult supervisor
Have a BonfireIn the first years of the American nation, bonfires were a hit. Towns in New England would compete for the largest bonfire, piling up dozens of pieces of wood from barrels and crates. The largest would use up to 40 barrels! If you want to get into the traditional spirit of Independence Day, a backyard bonfire is a must. There are some precautions you should take though:
- Check local regulations for bonfires at your city hall
- Contact the fire department for fire safety instructions
- Make sure your backyard is big enough to build a pit and surround it with bricks or stones
- Dig a circular pit in your backyard. Keep it from 20 inches to 3 feet wide, and a couple of inches deep (size varies depending on how much wood you have and available space)
- Surround the pit with bricks and stones
- Cover the pit with dry twigs and leaves
- Arrange your firewood into a pyramid at the middle of the pit
- Ignite the dry leaves and twigs at the bottom
- Enjoy, and keep the flames going by replenishing the wood!
- When done, put out the fire with water. Cover the pit with sand for safety.
Watch a ParadeMany towns host their own Independence Day parades, which you can watch with family and loved ones. It’s a great way to honor the nation watching the military marches, patriotic floats, and music. Another idea is to watch the parade live from Washington D.C. on the TV. Just hook up your set in the backyard and watch while having a cookout! Catch it on the PBS channel on the 4th of July at 8 p.m. ET!
Head to the Ballpark!Baseball and 4th of July are the perfect match. Head down to your local stadium to watch home runs, the swings, and the strikes! All the excitement of America’s national pastime to celebrate Independence! So, head out with your family and friends to the stadium and do some tailgating! We’ve got a griddle built just for that. And if you can’t head out to the game, why not watch at the comfort of home? Cook up burgers and hot dogs on your griddle at the backyard for a game with great flavor!
Have a Patriotic GetawayVisit the great outdoors of this country on the 4th of July with your loved ones! Heading out to a campsite, the beach, or even the wilderness is a great way to go back to your roots. It’s contact with American nature and all its vast beauty. Take your griddle with you to keep your stomach full with delicious meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Need tips for cooking outside? Check our summer cookout ideas article!
Are you going to host a 4th of July celebration? Try out our recipes and send us photos! We want to see your patriotism! Just put them on social media with #GriddleNation and #BlackstoneGriddles!