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"Proclaim liberty throughout all the land 
unto all the inhabitants thereof."
-- words written on the Liberty Bell  
The Betsy Ross flag (1776)
Celebrating Independence Day

On the Fourth of July Americans celebrate the birthday of the United States

Posted: June 29, 2005 THE NATIONAL ANTHEM  

A display of fireworks illuminates the sky near the Statue of Liberty
•  Ambassador Silverstein's Fourth of July message
•  Embassy celebrates 4th of July, Ambassador Silverstein inaugurates new Marine House
•  Ambassador Silverstein honors General Artigas during Fourth of July celebration
•  Ambassador and Mrs. Silverstein host Independence Day Celebration
•  Montevideo Philharmonic Orchestra presents 4th of July "U.S. Concert"
Independence Day, or the 4th of July, is probably the most important national holiday in the United States. It commemorates the formal adoption of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The declaration is a powerful statement of the American colonies’ intention to become an independent nation.

The Fourth of July was declared a legal holiday in 1941, and today it is celebrated each year in all states and territories of the United States. It is a reminder of the ideals on which the United States was founded, and on July 4 Americans celebrate their freedom and independence with great fanfare -- it is a day of picnics and patriotic parades, a night of concerts and fireworks.

A display of fireworks illuminates the sky near the Statue of Liberty as seen from Jersey City, N.J. on July 4, 2004. Parents from throughout the State of New Jersey bring their children to Liberty State Park on July 4th to enjoy the Independence Day festivities and see the
New York City fireworks. (© AP/WWP)


  • The Declaration of Independence: July 4, 1776

  • The United States in 2005: Who We Are Today

  • Basic Readings in U.S. Democracy

  • Outline of U.S. Government

  • Principles of Democracy

  • What Is Democracy

  • Democracy Papers

  • Happy Birthday America


  • Portrait of the USA

  • U.S. Elections 2004


John Philip Sousa -- American Composer, Conductor & Patriot (1854-1932)

  • Rights of the People: Individual Freedom and the Bill of Rights

  • Transparency in Government: How American Citizens Influence Public Policy

  • About America: The Constitution of the United States of America With Explanatory Notes

  • United States welcomes new citizens during July 4 ceremonies

Over this holiday weekend, try some of these tasty Independence Day recipes from the White House
and the Cabinet.

Deviled Eggs
(President and Laura Bush)

12 large eggs, boiled hard and peeled
1 Tbsp (plus) soft butter
1 Tbsp (plus) mayonnaise
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp Yucatan Sunshine Habanero sauce
Salt to taste

Cut eggs in half and set aside. Put egg yolks in food processor and add all ingredients. Process for 20 seconds or until mixture has blended. Check for taste and increase mustard, salt or Habanero sauce if desired. Place mixture in piping bag with star tip and pipe into egg halves. Sprinkle with paprika and chopped parsley. Chill for about an hour before serving.

Note about Yucatan Sunshine Habanero sauce: Habanero is a type of hot sauce, which can be substituted with Tabasco sauce. Yucatan Sunshine and other brands of the sauce can be purchased at most local supermarkets nationwide. The Bushes used the Yucatan Sunshine Habanero when living in Texas, and now the White House chef uses the sauce in a variety of recipes.

"Simply BBQ"
(Secretary Ashcroft)

Simmer country-style ribs for one hour (this makes them extremely tender).
Place on a hot grill.
Baste with your favorite barbeque sauce only to set and crystallize.
Remove and EAT.

"Bratwurst of Liberty"
(Secretary Thompson)

A Wisconsin tradition for the 4th of July .... Bratwurst!

Step 1: Plan ahead, marinate in garlic, onions and your favorite spices.
Step 2: Grill them on the BBQ
Step 3: Place in a bun
Step 4: Top with your favorite condiments, from onions to peppers to mustard to whatever.
Step 5: Enjoy!
Step 6: Repeat til the fireworks start

Side dishes:
Corn on the cob, also on the grill

Cool Wisconsin products, such as .... milk.

"Fourth of July Coq Au Vin"
(Greg Mankiw)

Brown chicken pieces (thighs on bone are my preference) in butter
Put chicken with drippings in dutch oven
Add chopped ham, onions, mushrooms, thyme, garlic, bay leaf, salt and pepper.
Flame a small bit of brandy and pour flaming brandy over chicken
Add about a cup of red wine
Cover and bake about 2 hours at 275 degrees
Serve with rice or couscous

(President and Laura Bush)

8 ripe avocados
4 lemons, juiced
7 shallots, finely chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
1/2 bunch cilantro, finely chopped
1 tsp black pepper
1 Tbsp salt

Halve and pit avocados and scoop out flesh into a bowl. Mash to desired consistency and mix in remaining ingredients. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about an hour before serving. Serve with tortilla chips.

"Land of the Free Cole Slaw"
(Secretary Snow)

1/2 small head white cabbage
1/2 small head red cabbage
3 inch piece of daikon radish (half dozen red radishes may be substituted)

Combine finely sliced cabbage and roughly grated radish

2 cups mayonnaise
1/4 cup horseradish
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon grated onion
1 teaspoon kosher salt

Mix all ingredients and pour over cabbage/radish

"Enchiladas Verde de 1776"
(Secretary Evans)

1 dozen corn tortillas
1 lb. Jack cheese, grated
1 8oz. Can salsa verde (Herdez)
1/2 pt. Whipping cream

1. Heat tortillas, one at a time in a warm skillet. Use a little Pam as needed to keep moist.
2. Roll a small amount (large tablespoon) of cheese in each tortilla. Roll as tightly as possible. This can be done as the next tortilla is heating.
3. Pack the enchiladas tightly in a 8x10 pan.
4. Cover with balance of the cheese.
5. Mix the salsa and cream and pour evenly over the top. Do not mix until ready to use or it will curdle.
6. Sprinkle ripe olives over top (optional).
Bake in 350 oven until cheese starts to brown.

Yankee Doodle Dandy Ambrosia Salad
(Dale Haney)

1 container sour cream
1 large container Cool Whip
1 large can crushed pineapple
1 can mandarin orange
1 bag miniature marshmallows
1 handful Maraschino cherries (cut in half)
1/2 small package of shredded coconut (optional)
1 cup pecans (chopped)

Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Chill. Serves a lot


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