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Fast Historical Facts

  • The Declaration of Independence was approved on July 4, 1776, by the 2nd Continental Congress, leading 13 colonies to gain independence.

  • July 4th was officially made a federal holiday by Congress in 1870.

  • Americans will enjoy 150 million hotdogs during the 4th.

  • Men love fireworks…$1 billion worth!

  • In July 1776, an estimated 2.5 million people lived in the nation. Fast forward to January 2020, and 331 million people lived in the United States, according to the 2020 census.

The 4th of July is a day of celebration throughout the United States. Parades, fireworks, barbecues, and picnics are the hallmark of the holiday celebrations. 


While the National Independence Day Parade has been canceled yet again for 2021, there is no need to worry. Small towns throughout the country plan to once again have parades to celebrate the holiday. We all know that the best 4th of July parades are those held in small towns and communities with local bands, regional honor guards, floats sponsored by local businesses and organizations all marching down the main street, and contests for everything from the Best 4th of July float to the Best 4th of July baby outfit. You get the idea — the 4th showcases America’s communities at their best.


Here at GNL, we know a thing or two about Barbeque. Several chefs and home cooks have shared their tips and tricks for barbequing. Here are a few that you might want to use for your 4th of July BBQ.

  • 2 BBQ recipes from Diva Qs BBQ – Diva Q Sweet & Sassy Chicken Lollipops with Jalapeño Bacon Cheese Dip & Diva Q Apple Jalapeño Ribs.

  • Grilling 101 & Perfect BBQ Chicken – Grills from gas to charcoal are shown, and Grill Girl Robyn Lindars shows how to make the best grilled chicken thighs.

  • Caribbean Grilling – Fire up the grill and get cooking with Christine! You’ll learn how to prepare Jerk shrimp skewers over coconut rice and a side dish of grilled pineapple with a ginger beer syrup during this workshop.

  • Steak 101: How to Select & Grill Steak – Chef & grill master Elizabeth Karmel shows how to make one of her favorite summer steak dinners. Along the way, she shares one of her favorite summer cocktails, gives you grilling tips and steak buying tips.


It wouldn’t be the 4th of July without that loud, pop, bang, and WOW of fireworks. “The first 4th of July fireworks were held on this date in 1777, during the very first organized celebration of Independence Day”. (History.com) It has since become an annual tradition.

To see the VERY BEST Fireworks displays across the country, click here.