Simply Sunday – Food Traditions of the 4th of July

Happy 4th of July from the Health and Food Forum’s Blog.  Celebrations of various magnitudes will be taking place today as communities gather to honor our country’s independence.  Although each family may choose to recognize this day a different way, one thing that will most likely remain the same is the presence of food.

Food has become an integral part of many traditions.  It not only nourishes our physical being but our emotional entity as well.  Many of us can name a favorite food that is only served on special occasions.  Various baked goods and meals bring to mind the comfort of yesteryear and the important people in our lives.

With food being at the center of many celebrations, this led me to wonder what the original meals were that had been served during the first observances of our nation’s freedom.  To find out, I decided to search the internet and I have found some interesting websites and posts on the topic.  Below is a list of links from my investigation for you to access at your leisure.  These links provide some interesting tidbits and information about the role food has played during 4th of July celebrations over the past decades and centuries.

  • In Mama’s Kitchen:  “Celebrate the 4th of July – Independence Day Food, History, Picnics, and Fireworks on the Grill.”  This post discusses the different names colonists gave to meals as a way to display their patriotism, such as “Congressional Bean Soup.”
  • InfoZine:  “The All-American Foods for the Fourth of July.”  This writing presents the evolution of 4th of July food fare over the decades and centuries.
  • Helium:  “Celebrations & Holiday: Foods Traditionally Eaten on the 4th of July” by Diane Quinn.  This article takes a look at 4th of July traditions by region.
  • Huffington Post:  “6 Reasons to Eat Local Food this 4th of July” by Katherine Goldstein.  Our ancestors ate “local” because they had to.  In this post, Goldstein discusses why Americans today should go back to their grass roots and revisit eating locally produced foods.
  • Lifestyle: “Top Ten Foods for a 4th Barbeque, Plus Useful Tips” by Amy Brantley.  This article highlights July 4th food fare as we know it today.

How do you celebrate the 4th of July?  Do you prepare a special dish?  Share with us, we want to know!

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