Did you know:
Independence Day commemorates the formal adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation.
Fireworks on the Fourth of July are the brainchild of John Adams. In a letter to Abigal Adams on July 3, 1776, he wrote that the occasion should be commemorated “with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.” Thus the first commemorative Independence Day fireworks were set off on July 4, 1777.
A favorite pastime of Independence Day is the backyard barbeque, which emerged in the 1920’s, before becoming widely popular after World War II with the advent of the baby boom and rapid growth in the suburbs.
The origins of the word “barbecue” are thought to derive from the word “barabicu,” native to the Timucua people of Florida and Taíno people of the Caribbean. The word first appeared in print in Spain in 1526 in the form of “barbacoa” and translates as a “sacred fire pit.”