It’s almost Independence Day, and we’ve rounded up our favorite 7 star spangled recipes to make your holiday sweeter! These treats include red, white and blue touches for Instagram-worthy pictures. Try making a few of these for your 4th of July get togethers!
PS. We’ve included campsite cooking tips in case you are spending the holiday outdoors!
If you want to start your day with a red, white, and blue breakfast, these tasty muffins are the way to go. Dried cranberries and blueberries give a pop of flavor and color.
Camping Tip: Muffins make an easy campsite breakfast! Just bake at home and store in an airtight container. Muffins can be stored for 1-2 days at room temp or for longer if kept in a fridge or cooler.
Whether you’re celebrating Independence Day at home or on the campground, these 7 savory recipes will help make your gathering one to remember! Check out our top picks for mouth-watering meat and side dishes below, then visit our Pinterest page for even more recipe ideas.
We are firm believers that no summer holiday is complete without ribs. This uncomplicated recipe relies on lemon juice to tenderize the meat. With thousands of pins and likes, it’s guaranteed to be a hit.
Camping Tip: If you plan on being away for the holiday, you can make these savory ribs ahead of the party and then reheat them on the grill at your campsite. Check out how to do it safely.
Does anything shout summer more than sweet corn? This flavorful recipe adds savory butter, garlic and Parmesan to everyone’s favorite summer side dish.
Camping Tip: Corn on the cob can also be cooked over a campfire! See here for instructions.
America’s birthday is a holiday campers and RVers look forward to year round. It’s a time bursting with Patriotism, as smells of campfires and barbecue fill the air and fireworks light up the night sky for miles. It’s no surprise we LOVE the Fourth of July. Here are some fun facts about the holiday that you can spout off to your friends at the campground while sipping a cold beer (or water), eating a hot dog and talking about the best firework shows in town!
$3.6 Million: Amount of American Flag Imports
Millions of American flags are actually manufactured abroad. Nearly all of them – 97 percent – came from China last year, which sold us $3.5 million worth.
The U.S. exports plenty of flags as well. Turkey happens to be the biggest buyer of American-made flags, having purchased $673,000 worth from the U.S. last year.
48 Million: Consumers Shopping for Red, White and Blue
More than 48 million Americans will be shopping for decorations, apparel and party supplies this Independence Day, with average household spending jumping up to $71.23 – 4.5 percent higher than 2014’s $68.16 per household.
“Consumers this summer and for the 4th of July will take advantage of lower gas prices to head to the beach or get together with family– something they’ve had to think long and hard about in recent years with higher energy costs and limited budgets,” Pam Goodfellow, consumer insights director at Prosper Insights & Analytics, said in a statement
accompanying the National Retail Federation report. (Source: via U.S News)
10 QUICK FACTS
- According to author Kenneth C. Davis, July 2nd is the real day of Independence, but it’s celebrated on the fourth because that’s when congress accepted Jefferson’s declaration.
- Thomas Jefferson changed the wording of the Declaration of Independence from “the pursuit of property” to “the pursuit of happiness.”
- John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826.
- Only two men signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th 1776 — John Hancock and Charles Thompson.
- Congress declared July 4th as an official holiday in 1870 as part of a bill to officially recognize other holidays, Christmas being one of them.
- The “Star Spangled Banner” was written by Francis Scott Key and was originally a poem stemming from his observations in 1814 concerning the British attack on Baltimore’s Fort McHenry during the War of 1812. It was later put to music, though not decreed the official national anthem until 1931.
- Including John Adams and Thomas Jefferson (mentioned earlier), a total of three US presidents have died on July 4th. James Monroe is the third president to share this fate.
- In 1776, about 2.5 million people lived in the United States verses 311.7 million people in 2011.
- 1 out of 8 signers of the Declaration of Independence were educated at Harvard (7 total).
- 87.5% ($2.8 million) of imported U.S. flags are from China.