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Fourth of July reminder

Today is July 1st. Happy Canada Day. While I enjoy having today off, as an American living in Canada I’m gearing up to celebrate the 4th of July.

Here I present a primer on how to have the perfect 4th of July even if you live in Canada.

Decorate. American flagsIf you have an American flag, don’t be afraid to wave it proudly. The more flags you display the better. You can also put up any decorations in the red, white, and blue variety. The stores in Canada will be heavy on the red and white theme, so really all you need to look for is the blue. Balloons, streamers, bows, throw pillows get creative.

Dress Appropriately.

American hat with flagsNow is the time to get out all your USA clothing. Perhaps you have an American flag T-shirt from a past visit to an Old Navy outlet in America or some leftover USA Olympic wear. Anything in red, white and blue combination will basically do. Add a flag pin to your wardrobe or add some colorful jewelery for a finishing touch.

Food. You will probably find good deals in your local supermarket on BBQ items so stock up and fire up the grill on the 4th. Or BBQ twice. We get so little summer time in Canada why not take advantage with some extra outdoor cooking. Feature Fourth of July inspired desserts. I have a Jell-O® mold in the shape of Uncle Sam’s hat that I often use.

Uncle Sam Jello mold

photo by Y. Siegel

I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time and willing to buy the required amount of Jell-O® packages. If you are not so fortunate, there are plenty of other choices. Why not make cupcakes with red and blue sprinkles set against white frosting. For an easier version just pick up some Canada Day cupcakes and just add a few blue decoration and you’re all set. There is also the famous flag cake featuring pound cake, blueberries and strawberries. Summer fresh berries would work well for any kind of festive dessert. However, as many of you know, I am not a big fan of mixing fruit and dessert.

Celebrate.You may have purchased, legally in Canada, some fireworks prior to Canada Day. Save a few and set them off a couple of days later. Most of your neighbors will probably appreciate a little extra celebration. Get out some patriotic tunes. Play them loudly for all to enjoy. If you prefer a quieter celebration, American television will have plenty of choices. This years offerings include NBC’s Macys 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular, the Boston Pop’s Fireworks spectacular on CBS and my personal favorite the annual A Capitol Fourth on PBS.

Fireworks display

photo by Y. Siegel

Whether you celebrate on July 1st, July 4th, or both, take a moment to appreciate the freedom we all have and remember all who fought for us to have it.


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