One of the times I am homesick is American Independence Day. Our children don’t get out of school until mid-July so it has been 8 years since we’ve spent July 4th in the United States. My favourite American holidays are Independence Day and Thanksgiving, mostly because they involve lots of food, parades, long weekends and no gift-giving.
Here’s a video that ties in the July 4th message with the 9/11 attacks, an event which affected the American psyche profoundly. Working in the London office a New York law firm, we watched on a conference room TV as the World Trade Center collapsed live on CNN. The office was closed for the day pretty much immediately after.
I will miss the massive barbecue my family will have today. My brother has one of those ginormous Weber grills that can cook for 20. It’s 2x the size of my Mercury range. We’ll have a much smaller celebration in London with one of those small disposable barbecues. I’m making this American flag toast for breakfast:
It’s very easy to make because I don’t have time to mess around in the morning before school. Toast, blueberries, strawberries and whipped cream out of a can. You could probably do the same thing with a bagel and cream cheese.
I’ve also created an Independence Day Pinterest board with recipes and printables if you are looking for inspiration for your own celebration.