Everyone is excited about the 4th of July. The hotdogs, the parade, fireworks… we all make memories during this special holiday. One of the main focuses on this date is the food! We all love the classics, but isn’t good to have a little tweak to your recipe and have something different for your guests? In our CBD recipes series, we want to share with you this easy, healthy, and tasty recipe to level up your 4th of July BBQ!
A bit of history
First, let’s remember why we celebrate the 4th of July and how this tradition started.
In April of 1775, the initial skirmishes for the Revolutionary War took place. That is also the year when some colonists wanted complete independence from Great Britain. The feeling was further fueled by Thomas Paine when he created the thought-provoking revolutionary pamphlet called “Common Sense” in 1776.
That same year the Congress formed a five-man committee which included John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Roger Sherman, Benjamin Franklin, and Robert Livingston to make a draft justifying the independence claim.
The independence resolution was finally ratified by a unanimous vote on July 2, 1776. The Declaration of Independence was formally adopted to the Continental Congress on July 4th. Even though the actual vote for independence was made on July 2nd, Americans adopted July 4th as the official day to celebrate independence.
4th of July and Fireworks
Fireworks are part of the identity of Independence Day and have a history behind it. On July 4, 1777, Philadelphia was the first state to celebrate independence. Cannons from ships fired a 13 gun salute in honor of the 13 colonies who strived for independence. The Sons of Liberty also set out fireworks over Boston Commons that same night.
Becoming a Federal Holiday
The United States faced off against Great Britain once more in the War of 1812 which fueled the wide-spread patriotism among Americans. Although the political significance of this event waned down, an Act of U.S. Congress in 1870 made July 4th a Federal Holiday making Federal Employees earn wages on this holiday.
Interesting Facts about the 4th of July
A student was the one who designed the 50-star American Flag. Robert G. Heft was a student in 1958 when his teacher assigned a homework assignment to design the new flag. He attached 2 stars on a 48-star flag since Alaska and Hawaii are nearing statehood. Although he got a B- from his teacher he decided to send his homework to Washington D.C. The new design was recognized as the new flag in 1960.
There was something written on the back of the Declaration of Independence. There was a simple message written on the back of the Declaration of Independence “Original Declaration of Independence dated 4th July 1776”. No one knows who wrote it and why. One theory states that this has been added as a label since there are many copies of it.
Population Boom. There was only an estimate of 2.5 million people living in America in 1776. Now the population is recorded at 331 million people in America in 2020.
Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both passed away just hours from each other on July 4, 1826, which coincidentally falls on the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.
Hotdogs, hotdogs, and more hotdogs! Americans are estimated to consume 150 million hotdogs according to the National Sausage and Hot Dog Council during the 4th of July holiday.
4th of July CBD recipe
Here is an amazing grilling CBD recipe to share with your friends and family!
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 11/2-inch pieces
1 medium-size red onion, cut into 1-inch wedges, then halved crosswise
Any type of bread as a side
1 Combine yogurt, garlic, ginger, garam masala, turmeric, CBD, lemon zest and juice, and salt and pepper to taste. Add chicken and combine with the yogurt mix. Let marinate 15 minutes.
2 Thread chicken and onions onto six large skewers. Grill, turning occasionally until chicken is cooked, about 8 to 10 minutes.
3 Serve kebabs with bread and enjoy!