The 4th of July is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from Great Britain. During the American Revolution, the legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain occurred on July 2, 1776, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia declaring the United States independent from Great Britain. After voting for independence, Congress turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence, a statement explaining this decision, which had been prepared by a Committee of Five, with Thomas Jefferson as its principal author. Congress debated and revised the wording of the Declaration, finally approving it on July 4.
Today we celebrate the 4th of July in a number of different ways. Firework shows are held in many states, and many fireworks are sold for personal use or as an alternative to a public show. In 2009, New York City had the largest fireworks display in the country, with over 22 tons of pyrotechnics exploded. While the Fourth is celebrated across the country, historic cities like Boston and Philadelphia draw huge crowds to their festivities. In Boston, the USS John F. Kennedy often sails into the harbor, while the Boston Pops Orchestra holds a televised concert on the banks of the Charles River. Over time, various other summertime activities also came to be associated with the Fourth of July, including historical pageants, picnics, baseball games, watermelon-eating contests, and trips to the beach. Common foods include hot dogs, hamburgers, corn on the cob, and apple pie!
The perfect burger for your 4th of July celebrations is the All-American Burger!
- 1.50 lb. ground chuck or sirloin
- 0.25 tsp. salt
- 0.25 tsp. ground black pepper
- 0.50 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 1 large egg
- 4 slice Cheddar cheese
- 1 large onion
- 4 onion rolls
- 1 large tomato
- 4 lettuce leaves
- 4 dill-pickle chips
Prepare patties: In a medium bowl, mix ground beef, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and egg.Use your hands to form 4 equally sized patties. Cook burgers and onions: In large skillet, cook patties over high heat, about 4 minutes for medium or 5 minutes for well done, turning once midway through. Place 1 slice cheese atop each burger and cook 1 more minute. Remove patties from skillet and place on wire rack. Reduce heat to medium, add onions, and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 6 minutes. Remove skillet from heat.Assemble sandwiches: On bottom half of each roll, place 1 burger and top with tomato, lettuce, pickles, and onions. Cover with top of roll. Serve with ketchup and American Frites.