The Celebration Of Independence Day By Amberly Ashton The tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution. John Adam's wrote to his wife that July 2nd "will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival". The Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4th 1776. John Adam`s July 2nd quote was wrote on the actual day of our independence and still holds true today. Festivities including bonfires, concerts, and parades were held way back then. They would fire cannons and muskets after the public reading of the Declaration. On 1941 July 4th became a Federal Holiday. Every year on the same date, we celebrate July 4th or as other like to call it, Independence Day! Most American's celebrate it the same way as 19th century did. For me it is a family and friend holiday! We always gather together for this festive occasion. Some people have a family BBQ while others go over the top and celebrate with their whole neighborhood, also known as a block party. Every one joins together bringing their favorite dish to share. Common ones are baked beans, potato salad, corn on the cob and macaroni salad. The main entree consist of burgers, hot dogs, ribs or chicken. Our family uses the 4th as an excuse to have a family reunion. Family travels from out of state and we enjoy the whole weekend with friends and family. We make all the traditional foods and we always smoke a a few Boston Butts (its actually a fatty cut of pork from the upper shoulder of a hog). And it is delicious. While that is cooking we are either having a blast in the nice cool pool, playing a friendly competitive game of horseshoes or volley ball (intoxication ball as we call it) and badminton which ends up being just as hilarious and fun as the volley ball. The kids eat snow cones that are always made by the same person every year. They wait all year for her to bring her famous snow cone maker. After our bellies are stuffed and can hold anymore we devour deserts like ice cold watermelon, cakes, brownies and home made ice cream. The night consist of the normal exciting activity of fireworks, and the firing of our cannons and muskets... Not really, I was just seeing if you were paying attention and I see you haven't because you are now scrolling back up. lol! The night ends with family relaxing around the bonfire, playing the guitar, making smores and roasting hot dogs on the fire, all while drinking a cold one (preferably Bud Light or a Corona with lime). It's so cool that we were carrying on the tradition of our Forefathers without even knowing it. The only awful part of the 4th of July fun is that ends way too soon and people have to return back to the real world by going back to work. So just remember, the Holiday weekend is not over so take full advantage of it and make those lasting memories!