Celebrating the 4th of July

We love the 4th of July! Actually, we love any excuse to get together with our friends and family, grill out and drink an occasional adult beverage.

But 4th of July is so much more than that …

What is more American than cowboy boots?

According to history.com, “The tradition of patriotic celebration became even more widespread after the War of 1812, in which the United States again faced Great Britain. In 1870, the U.S. Congress made July 4th a federal holiday; in 1941, the provision was expanded to grant a paid holiday to all federal employees. Over the years, the political importance of the holiday would decline, but Independence Day remained an important national holiday and a symbol of patriotism.”

We celebrate the freedoms we have in this country, often by launching fireworks from the backyard, attending parades and wearing or displaying our American flags with pride.

If you’re interested in other interesting facts about the 4th of July, check out this infographic. Our favorite statistic –

On the 4th of July, Americans eat more than 150 million hotdogs. Enough to stretch from D.C. to L.A. more than 5 times!

Photo courtesy of Certified Angus Beef.

Chances are you’ll be grilling today. Perhaps some burgers and dogs?

Here is some friendly advice from Certified Angus Beef, about preparing beef to the correct temperature.

If you’re preparing hamburgers for your family and friends, it is recommended to cook them to 160 degrees, or when the middle is no longer pink and the juices run clear.

To ensure the safety of you and your guests, you may want to use a quick-read thermometer to test the temperature of your meat.

Safety aside, what’s your favorite burger toppings? Personally, we go for the All-American cheese and bacon.

We at FMG wish you and your family a happy, safe 4th of July, (no matter what you’re preparing)!