The tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution. However, Independence Day has only been a federal holiday in the U.S. since 1941. Our country's day of independence, or the Fourth of July, is celebrated in a variety of special and fun ways. Parades and concerts, picnics and fireworks and family and friends getting together for barbecued chicken, #Hot Dogs, hamburgers, summer salads and so much more, Yum!

Preparation is key to a successful party

With the Independence day just one week away, make sure you have all the items you need for your celebrations! If you're hosting the party, be sure to do as much cooking ahead of time so you're not stuck in the kitchen Tuesday morning.

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Have your flags and banners ready to be displayed outside and inside, and make sure you have allowed easy access to all your drinks.

The most beloved and by far the most popular party themes for Independence Day is a barbecue. This is the best and easiest way to cook for the entire clan, and if you use disposable plates, cups, and utensils -- clean up is a breeze!

Best barbecue foods

Together with your favorite barbecue foods like cheeseburgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob, potato, and macaroni salads, there are a few other great dishes that you can add to your menu.

Grilled chicken tacos are a great dish, or try a twist on the traditional potato salad by making a sour cream potato salad - it's a refreshing twist filled with bacon and so easy to make. Or, how about trying buttermilk and honey chicken kabobs instead of chicken pieces splashed with barbecue sauce -- this one is sure to become a family favorite.

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Fourth of July Trivia

The #Fourth Of July celebration is the best excuse we all have to just relax under the hot sun with cold beers, great food, and fireworks. But, let's not forget that America's Independence Day is more than just food -- it is? Yes!

So, while you're hanging out with friends and family biting into that juicy cheeseburger. why not impress everyone with a few not so well-known facts about the day we're all enjoying. Here a just a few fun facts that might surprise you and your guests.

Did you know that our 30th President - Calvin Coolidge - was born on the Fourth of July? The Fourth of July become a paid federal holiday in 1938 -- yes, that many years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

Our first three died on the Fourth of July! Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and James Monroe. Here's a bit of a weird fact, Adams -- our second president, and Jefferson -- our third president, both died on the same day! The day our country turned 50 on July 4, 1826.

Happy Fourth of July and happy birthday to the land of the home, and the free, and the brave! #4Th Of July