Independence Day is here again and with less restrictions than 2020 festivities. This year you can celebrate the Fourth of July with fireworks, recipes and American culture.
Fireworks shows are back for Independence Day weekend this year. Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events announced in June that Chicago would have a display. Towns and suburban communities are listed here with their plans for Independence Day. Read more.
In this guide, you’ll find everything you need to celebrate this Independence Day in style. We cover everything, including great party favors, fun games and activities to set up, as well as where to find festive stars and stripes decorations that are bound to impress your guests. Read more.
Ditch the routine pack of hot dogs and go all out with restaurant-level steak grilling kits, or enjoy a stress-free holiday meal with dine-in specials like unlimited crab legs and burgers; tapas; and frozen cocktails perfect for a patriotic patio toast. Read More.
One of life’s simplest pleasures is cooking outdoors on the grill. Keep your stove off this Fourth of July and fire up these 20 easy and satisfying recipes. Read more.
This July 4 you can get a cocktail with all the same ease and simplicity of a beer. Of the dozens of ready-to-drink cocktails on shelves, here are the ones to savor — and those to avoid. Read more.
“Sparklers can burn at about 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit. That is almost four times your oven temperature when you bake your bread,” said Dr. Dhaval Bhavsar, medical director of the Gene and Barbara Burnett Burn Center at The University of Kansas Health System. Read More.
In many places across the U.S. fireworks are synonymous with summer. Large lavish displays as well as front porch sparklers light up warm nights, but they don’t come without warnings and danger. Here are some facts and figures on fireworks in the U.S. Read more.
Take a look back at how Chicagoans celebrated Independence Day last year amid park closures, mask mandates and social distancing recommendations. Read more.
Feeling patriotic? Check out these 100 landmarks to celebrate America. Read more.
Take a look back at Fourth of July celebrations in the Chicago area, from a Depression-Era fireworks vendors to a 1969 Lake Shore Drive fireworks display. Read more.
This bread pudding with raspberries and blueberries is not only beyond delicious but also patriotic. A tuft of freshly whipped cream on top is always appreciated. You can serve this warm or at room temp. Don’t expect any leftovers, but it’s wonderful cold for breakfast. Read more.
Americans light up the sky with fireworks July 4, but for other nations around the world, more than one day holds significance in their fight for statehood. Here are countries around the world with more than one Independence Day celebration. Read more.
Celebrate summer and the U.S. with a uniquely American pastime: strolling along a boardwalk. These American boardwalks retain a retro, timeless charm. Read more.
If you’re fascinated by American history but are far removed from the days when you would sit in a classroom and learn about it, know that your days of expanding your knowledge are far from over. Read more.
We’ve tracked down some of the strangest facts about every state and Washington, D.C., and even these oddities are just scratching the surface. Read more.