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5 Activities to Do on the Fourth of July

Monday, June 27th, 2016


June is coming to an end so what’s around the corner? You know what. The Fourth of July, Independence Day, our nation’s birthday, etc. You’re going to have the day off but have you even made any plans yet? You want to do something to celebrate the day but what?

Here are 5 activities to do on the Fourth of July:

Local barbecue: This one’s obvious, I know, but it’s always a fun time. Between the burgers, the hot dogs, the fish, I could go on forever! And hey, if those aren’t your thing because you prefer your greens, there are plenty of ways to cook veggies. You don’t know how good a veggie kabob tastes until it’s cooked on the grill. So, invite your friends, family, and your neighbors (if you know them like that) and make sure one of them brings the potato salad.

Fireworks: You may want to have your own private fireworks show but before you even think about it, make sure to look up your state’s laws regarding this.If you find out that you can’t legally do your own fireworks, then don’t; they’re not so much fun that you should risk getting arrested. Instead, check online for an awesome public firework show, grab a blanket, arrive early to get a spot with the best view, and watch the rockets’ red glare.

Learn Some History: So you don’t live near the Boston Harbor or the Liberty Bell. But America is littered with impressive historical landmarks, if you know where to look. After all, your state didn’t become one of the 50 by accident. So, go on a history excursion. Visit a local historical museum, look up and show up at national landmarks, or find some history buffs who really want to share their knowledge.

Support a Vet: It’s not Memorial Day or Veterans Day but if it wasn’t for those American soldiers long ago, you wouldn’t be able to enjoy a relaxing day filled with barbecues and fireworks. So, find a way to support any active or retired servicemen and women. Short on ideas? Check out this blog post.

Stay Inside: Temperatures can sometimes rise to levels that can be unsafe for some of us. If you or some of your hang-out buds are prone to dehydration, heat stroke, or feeling faint during especially hot days, then don’t feel compelled to brave the sun. Instead, stay inside and have a movie marathon with the family. You can rent Zootopia on Amazon Video for $5.99 as of June 21, 2016. Make sure to stay hydrated and just relax.

Also, don’t forget to grab a flag that you can wave proudly during these events. You can purchase a best-selling embroidered 100% American-made American flag on Amazon for $28.62 as of June 21, 2016.  So, whether you’re barbecuing with friends or watching the sky light up on TV, just take some time and appreciate the things you can do in the Land of the the Free and the Home of the Brave.

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Five Must-Try Fourth of July Recipes

Thursday, June 25th, 2015


Fourth of July recipes are often handed down in the family – every year, my father uses the same dry rub pork rib recipes – but there’s no issue with finding fresh ideas to keep those Fourth of July barbecues exciting. To ensure your barbecue is the best on the block, we’ve done some research and creative thinking to give you five interesting Fourth of July barbecue ideas.

1)      Homemade Barbecue Sauce

Making your own barbecue sauce is essential. Even if you’ve never made barbecue sauce before, it’s almost sure to come out better than what you’d buy at the store and, being that you’re likely to already have many of the ingredients, will usually be cheaper. We found a great homemade barbecue sauce recipe that combines the flavors of smoky paprika, sweet molasses, and nutty brown ale to bring the perfect kick to any Fourth of July barbecue recipe. As a bonus, this recipe also contains instructions to make fantastic wet ribs and potato salad.

2)      Pulled Pork

Paired with that barbecue sauce, slow-cooked pulled pork is sure to be the staple of your barbecue. Pulled pork is a member of the Holy Trinity of barbecue, but it’s not as difficult to prepare in bulk as ribs, and satisfies the soul just a bit more than chicken. Slow cooking is crucial to pulled pork: this process allows the meat to soak up delicious fatty flavors and the depth of the spices you use. This pulled pork recipe is sure to be quite a crowd pleaser.

3)      Dry Rub Ribs

Ribs are barbecue’s crowning jewel, but I think dry ribs are tragically underrated. A great barbecue has wet and dry ribs; that way the comparison between the two creates a topic of conversation. Dry rubs let you really appreciate how spices can dance on top of the flavor of quality meat – but that means it all has to be fresh. An aspiring chef once told me: in cooking, giving that extra inch sets the final product forward by a mile…so we were sure to include this recipe, which walks you from making the rub to roasting the ribs.

4)      Barbecued Chicken

What would a barbecue be without the chicken? Chicken is lean meat, and its flavor allows you to showcase your unique preparation. Drumsticks and thighs are also some of the most affordable cuts of meat available from any supermarket or butcher. Chicken is also relatively easy to prepare; it’s a more forgiving meat than fish, which is important when working with a grill. Here’s an awesome barbecued chicken recipe sure to make your Fourth of July barbecue a delicious experience.

5)      Steak Salad

Fourth of July barbecues are little meat festivals, so it’s a good idea to have a healthier option in your repertoire. Fortunately, the flavors of olive oil, balsamic vinegar and steak work together like Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and George Washington in the Revolution this holiday celebrates. Here’s an excellent recipe to provide a less conventional accent to your Fourth of July barbecue.

With all of these recipes to work with, your Fourth of July barbecue is sure to be a delicious one. However, if you’re concerned about getting the yard looking as nice as the meat on the grill, come to TalkLocal and we’ll connect you with a landscaper who will have that yard looking almost as lovely as the fireworks lighting up the night sky.