Happy Fourth of July, America! The Declaration of Independence was formally adopted by the 13 colonies’ delegates on July 4, 1776, bringing in an end to British control.
Watching fireworks, going to baseball games, and flying the red, white, and blue flag are just a few of the Fourth of July traditions that have evolved through the years. But a backyard BBQ, like the one shown in today’s artwork, seems to be the most timeless of all.
The first American barbecues took place in the early 19th century as southerners celebrated the anniversary of their independence with meals and open gatherings. The cooking method made it possible to cook a lot of food at once, thus barbecues started to become a tradition for outdoor parties when local farmers and community members donated meat for everyone to consume.
In the 20th century, many Southern African Americans who moved to the north brought their favourite barbecue recipes with them. Soon, barbecue joints began to appear in places all over the United States, with each region having its own unique style.
Today, to celebrate the Fourth of July, millions of Americans gather with loved ones around grills and barbeque pits.
Happy birthday, America!
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