The Independence Day of the United States (The Fourth of July) is the National Holiday, celebrated on July 4th. This day marks the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1784 in which the country proclaimed its formal separation from the British Empire. It is usually celebrated with many outdoor activities such as parades, baseball games and fireworks displays. It is the traditional date several motor racing, including the Firecracker 400 at Daytona NASCAR Cup Series, the Cleveland Grand Prix Champ Car Series and the Grand Prix of Watkins Glen Indy Car Series.
The family gathered around a homemade cake and coloured lights to close the celebration. It could be a birthday to use, but it’s the Fourth of July, the most monumental anniversary of the United States, a «young» country in 235 years.
For a century, New York hosts every July 4th the «Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest»: most career hotdogs consumption in the world. Last year, 40,000 people gathered in Coney Island (Brooklyn) to see how the champion Joey Chestnut ate 54 hot dogs in just 10 minutes.
According to popular legend, the caloric tradition started a July 4, 1916, when four immigrants competed in the local hot dogs «Nathan’s Famous» Coney Island to measure their patriotism on the basis of how quickly they were able to devour the American flagship sandwich, along with the burger. But the most colourful and enthusiastic celebration of Independence Day was living in the nation’s capital, Washington, where they congregate every year thousands of people to wave the flag in front of the temple of democracy: the Capitol.
Families come from all states decorated for the occasion, tourists spread their blankets «picnic» along three kilometres of the esplanade that make up the National Mall to pay tribute to the country with official menu from U.S.A.
Grilled meat, potato salad, corn on the cob, and watermelon are the favourite of the Nation, although the sweet tooth can add to your basket the typical apple pie, the popular «cookies» (a small, flat, baked treat, usually containing fat, flour, eggs and sugar), and the «cupcakes «(muffins topped with an attractive cream coloured sugar).