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 Jun 24 2022

Fourth of July - Burgers from the United States

The 4th of July, Independence Day, is the National Day of the United States commemorating the Declaration of its Independence, on July 4, 1776. The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies were no longer subject (and subordinate) to the monarch of Britain, King George III, and were now united, free, and independent states.

Today, Independence Day is commonly celebrated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, political speeches, and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Americans are expected to eat 150 million hot dogs and spend over $1 billion dollars on fireworks over the long holiday weekend.

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The U.S. is a melting pot of cultures as a result of the many immigrants and enslaved people that came here from various other countries across the globe. A significant part of this equation, too, comes from the cultures of Indigenous peoples who lived on the land well before colonization. With this bountiful combination of culinary traditions, American cuisine has become greater than the sum of its parts and offers something unique. This country has established several dishes that many consider examples of an "American" food tradition.

Whether Memorial Day, July 4th, or Labor Day, families across the U.S. fire up their grills and invite friends for a good old-fashioned cookout, complete with all of the expected traditional favorites like hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, and coleslaw. Many cookouts also include a rack of barbecued ribs, chicken, or brisket on the grill.

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The Hamburger is considered by many people as the national dish of the US because of its popularity across all age groups. As versions of the meal have been served for over a century, its origin remains ambiguous. In Hamburg, Germany, a similar snack was popular by the name "Rundstück warm" in 1869 or earlier, and supposedly eaten by many emigrants on their way to America. Regardless of the origin, Americans are hamburger-obsessed. They consume approximately 50 million burgers per year.

Story by Joint Support and Enabling Command

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