Why do we celebrate the 4th of July when it’s actually July 2nd if you want the closet day to all the action?

I know! Reading history can be a little dry at times, but stick with me for a second before you grab your sparkler. Indulge this long-ago history teacher for two sparks because it’s a, “fun-with-dates” part of history. {Did you ever have that history teacher who loved putting exact dates to be memorized on your test?} I dreaded those tests, but some are important.

Still with me?

July 4, 1776 is the day we celebrate Independence Day right? We can all answer that one on the test.

However, it wasn’t the day the Continental Congress decided to declare independence {they did that July 2, 1776}, which was the day the American Revolution began {that happened months prior in April 1775}, the date the Declaration was delivered to Great Britain {and that didn’t happen until November 1776}, or the date it was signed {August 2, 1776}.

There you go! A short, 2-sparklers-worth of Fourth of July history + a whole-lotta dates that I wouldn’t have made you memorize. But I would want you to know there WAS A LOT HAPPENING back then. And all that communication was going on without cell phones OR Google kids!😆

History class over, on to the celebrating part! How are you going to celebrate the 4th of July this year?

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Do you want to celebrate the 4th of July with fireworks?

Check out this list from NBC 5 for all the firework locations from Cook County to DeKalb County.

Rather light the grill than fireworks?

I have Independence Day grilling ideas on my Summer Grilling Pinterest for you. Celebrate the 4th of July with food and then go watch the sky light up at one of the places above. Brian grilled steaks the other night and I made compound butter to melt on top {recipe pinned}. I tried to come up with a fireworks analogy to convey how good it was – but I fizzled. But just know, the butter was REALLY GOOD,

And if you don’t feel like grilling and just relaxing, get take-out from a local restaurant + desserts. Always remember dessert!

A few of my favorites::

Last way to celebrate this 4th of July is in What you wear

I did a poll last week on my Instagram story to see how many purchased something specific for Independence Day. Most do not buy a new tee for this holiday, but that doesn’t mean you can’t sport the red – white + blue for your get-togethers.

True, most don’t go so far as to have the red smoke bombs, but if you know a high school senior who wants to use them in their senior pictures I can help with that after the holiday😉

However, if you do like some retail therapy before next week here are a few places that have 4th of July colors waiting for you.

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However you’re celebrating this 4th of July I hope it’s a SPARKLING one!

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Happy 4th of July!


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