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Independence Day - An American Patriotic Holiday

Updated on December 2, 2014
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Celebrating Freedom on the Fourth of July

Independence Day is a Patriotic American Holiday celebrating our American freedoms and commemorating birth of our country. The United States of America was born with the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, which was the founding document by which independence from Great Britain was declared.

Celebrated with parades, barbeques, and community celebrations, and capped off with an evening of fireworks, it is also a time to reflect upon our great country and its historic founding.

Many have fought and died to secure the freedoms we enjoy today in our United States...land of the free and home of the brave. We owe them a debt of gratitude.


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Strawberries and Blueberries (cropped), public domain image
Strawberries and Blueberries (cropped), public domain image | Source

Patriotic Berries

A Patriotic Red, White, and Blue Dessert

Here's a simple dessert that we enjoy quite often, but it's especially appropriate on patriotic holidays. Best of all, it's healthy and sugar free!

Ingredients:

Red Berries (Strawberries and / or Raspberries)

Blueberries

Granular Sweet and Low (or your favorite sweetner)

Redi-Whip or other white topping.

(Redi-Whip is sugar free and sodium free!)

Berries, PD photo USDA (cropped)

Wash the fruit and remove stems and leaves.

Quarter the strawberries.

Place berries in individual serving bowls.

Sprinkle a packet of Sweet and Low over the berries in each bowl.

Refrigerate until serving time.

Top with Redi-Whip just before serving.

The Foundation of Our Freedom

by Charles Édouard Armand-Dumaresq (1826-1895) (White House Historical Association) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
by Charles Édouard Armand-Dumaresq (1826-1895) (White House Historical Association) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons | Source

Set a Patriotic Table - On Independence Day

For July Fourth, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and other patriotic holidays, dress your table in red, white, and blue, with stars and stripes on everyone' place mats.

These make serving a large crowd easier on you. They come in a pad of 24. They're made of paper, so there's no laundering to worry about. Not only that, they are recyclable. So, not only are they red, white, and blue, but also green.

By Angelsharum (CC-BY-SA-3.0), via Wikimedia Commons
By Angelsharum (CC-BY-SA-3.0), via Wikimedia Commons | Source

Old Glory

What Is the Meaning behind the American Flag?

The flag consists of thirteen horizontal stripes, seven red and 6 white, and in the upper right, 50 white stars on a field of blue.

The stripes represent the 13 original colonies, and the stars represent the 50 states of the Union.

"Old Glory Red" in the flag stands for Valor and Hardiness.

White stands for Purity and Innocence.

"Old glory Blue" stands for Vigilance, Perseverance and Justice.

On occasion, a gold fringe is added around the outer perimeter of the flag for indoor ceremonies only. The gold has no specific meaning, and, according to flalg etiquette, in not appropriate for when the flag is used, carried, or displayed outdoors.

The Pledge of Allegiance

"I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

Fourth of July Kitchen Accessories - Get the kitchen ready for cooking!

America's National Anthem


The official song for the United States of America is The Star Spangled Banner. The words for the anthem were written by Francis Scott Keys in 1814. He was a lawyer by profession, but wrote poetry as a hobby.

The tune was borrowed from a song popular in both America and Britain, The Anacreontic Song.

It wasn't until 1931 that a resolution was adopted by congress, naming The Star Spangled Banner the official Anthem of the United States.

Most Americans learned the first verse by heart as children. However many don't even realize there are three more verses to the song. Even few know all FOUR verses by heart.

What about you?

Star Spangled Banner

Words to the National Anthem

Do you know all the words to the national anthem by heart?

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Thank Someone Special Today

All of those who serve their country are special, from the newest Private to the biggest General.

They are willing to sacrifice - big time - for you, without even every having met you.

If you run into someone today who has served, or who is serving, is the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, or Coast Guard, give them a special smile, and a sincere "Thank You."

FULL Version of The Star Spangled Banner

Independence Day - You have to see this!

There is nothing better to get you excited about our freedom and independence than to see the last holdouts kick alien tush fighting for the survival of our very planet.

It's a fun movie to watch as a family on the Fourth of July.

How do you celebrate the Fourth of July? - Leave me your best memory

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      cruiselinefans 5 years ago

      We celebrate the Fourth of July with friends and family at a camp on a lake in Maine - with a parade in a tiny little town on the coast. Just perfect. Thanks for a great lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I watched the fireworks display from my balcony, and it was grand. :)

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      Stacy Birch 5 years ago

      Nice lens, great photos.

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      rallo-smith 5 years ago

      Happy 4th!

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      rawwwwwws lm 5 years ago

      Happy 4th of July!

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      IMKZRNU2 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      I work too....the joys of that "time-clock-punching" job. Very nice lens....thanks for sharing. Happy 4th of July!

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      ErinRivers 5 years ago

      Happy Independence Day to Everyone!

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      Ruthi 5 years ago

      I will be working today ... that's independence for ya, ha! I may stop on the way home for the ingredients for your Red, White, and Blue Shortcakes for a late Happy 4th of July dessert.

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      @YogaAngel: You are very fortunate. One grandmother died long before I was born, and the other shortly after, so I never knew what it was like to visit grandma's house.

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      YogaAngel 5 years ago

      My favorite Independence days were always spent at my Grandmas!

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      @EdwardFrank: Thank you, and same to you!

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      EdwardFrank 5 years ago

      Happy Independence Day !

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      @squidoogiftsfor: Thank you, and same to you!

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      leonasharon 5 years ago

      Yes I agree, without fireworks there can not be any celebrations

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      squidoogiftsfor 5 years ago

      Happy 4th July!

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      @jmchaconne: Yes! July 2nd is our wedding anniversary! 31 years today. Is that the one you forgot? ;)

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      jmchaconne 5 years ago

      Forget the big bang, celebrate July 2. Do you know what day it is? I forgot!

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      DIY Mary 5 years ago

      We don't get to shoot off fireworks where we live because it's illegal to do so within city limits, so we just basically gather together to eat. And speaking of which, I love your red, white and blue shortcakes recipe. What a clever twist on an old favorite!

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      June Parker 5 years ago from New York

      Nicely done! Only a few more days 'til we begin the 4th of July celebration. Whoohoo! *Squid Angel Blessed* and added to "My Squid Angel Blessings for 2012" in the "Holidays & Celebrations » 4th of July" neighborhood. I though it was better suited in that category that the "Other Holidays" category.

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      @anonymous: Oh, wow! Thank you for telling me. I didn't know it was there!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Bring out the fireworks....it front page honors time, congratulations!

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      iijuan12 5 years ago from Florida

      Nicely done! We usually visit my parents & watch fireworks.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Happy Fourth of July. We don't celebrate it where we are.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Looks like you covered everything we need for the 4th of July. They have already started shooting off the fireworks around here! Your shortcake recipe sounds delicious!

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      EpicFarms 5 years ago

      I used to love watching the fireworks at the park with my parents (hands over my ears ;o) growing up. Now I watch the fireworks from the pasture while reassuring the horses they are NOT gonna die. *laugh* Nice lens!!

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      @VaBeachMatthew: Thank you so very much!

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      VaBeachMatthew 5 years ago

      Great lens - I enjoyed how you brought out the true meaning of the 4th of July in a fun and colorful lens. Nominating it for the LOTD for July 4th - Good luck!

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      @GulfToBayWeb: God Bless the USA!

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      GulfToBayWeb 5 years ago

      Got to love a lens that deals with the freedom and independence of this country, the greatest in the world

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      It won't be long and we'll be celebrating Independence Day again.

      Dropped back to bring some angel dust to sprinkle here. :)

      Have a great 4th of July!

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      agoofyidea 6 years ago

      This is one of my favorite holidays. I always try to have a barbeque with friends and family.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      great write up, appreciate my visit here tonight.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I wish I could watch the spectacular American Independence Day.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      We have a lot to be grateful for!

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      ColorPetGifts 7 years ago

      The Declaration of independence is one of the highest calibrating documents in the world - thanks for the lovely tribute -:)

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      LoKackl 8 years ago

      It won't be long! Happy 4th to you and yours! Blessed!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Well, no to Independence Day, but yes to Canada Day July 1, Oh Canada. Informative lens and well laid out. Thank you.

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      nightbear lm 9 years ago

      Great lens, Independence Day movie is one of my all time favorites. and yum the strawberry pancakes look great.

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      Rich 9 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      Great lens! Good job!

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      Lee Hansen 9 years ago from Vermont

      4th of July is America's birthday and my favorite Patriotic holiday - parades, fun, parties and fireworks on a day of jubilation! Thanks for featuring my Memorial Day-Decoration Day lens; a more solemn day, but equally important. Gob Bless America.

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      EpicFarms 9 years ago

      Love the sparkler! Very nicely done (and that dessert looks yummy :o) Great job!

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      seashell2 9 years ago

      Great job, recipes look wonderful! Good work!

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      Sandy Mertens 9 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Great lens. It really puts me in the mood for the 4th of July.

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      LakeMom 9 years ago

      Great lens!

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      Heather Burns 9 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Nice lens, I like the graphics. And the recipes look scrumptious! thank you for featuring My Hero Dad lens too!

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      Holley Web 9 years ago

      good job! Enjoyable!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 9 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Lensrolling to my Freedom Fest lens and will come back to lensroll to my Flag Day lens when I have it finished. That recipe sounds and looks great.

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      bdkz 9 years ago

      Very nice lens!

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