Holiday Help: Independence Day 2012

Independence Day is almost here. Are you ready? If you’re still trying to figure out what to do, or what to make, we have some helpful suggestions:

Things to Do:
Cities and towns across America have several patriotic festivities to commemorate the holiday. Yahoo! Travel has put together a guide on America’s Best July 4th celebrations for the following cities:

Lake Tahoe, CA
New York City
San Francisco
Washington D.C.

If you don’t live close to any of these areas, you can find neighborhood parades and fireworks shows on your local municipality’s website.

Food and Drink:
Red, White, and Blue Cake from Epicurious
This decadent three-layer red velvet and white cake looks like a lot harder to make than it is. Our two favorite things about this cake are that it can be made ahead of time and the cream cheese frosting keeps it from being sicky-sweet. This stylishly patriotic dessert will be the hit of any gathering.

Revolutionary Berries from Disney Family Fun
I used to think chocolate-covered strawberries were a complicated recipe way beyond my culinary prowess until I actually made a batch. They are surprisingly easy to make and have become a go-to dessert for holiday gatherings. Since utensils aren’t required, these Revolutionary Berries are perfect for outdoor barbeques.

Fruit Flag from The Kitchn
Not only do these fruit skews remind us of sparklers, they are a healthy treat anyone can enjoy. Just one note: you might want to consider exchanging the banana slices for pineapple wedges since the bananas will have an oxidation reaction and turn brown.

Grown-Up Cocktails:
Colorful Fourth of July Cocktail Broward Palm Beach NewTimes
If you’re looking for a festive drink, this colorful cocktail is sure to hit the mark. Our favorite thing about this drink is that it doesn’t have a strong alcohol flavor. If you want it to look like the picture, we recommend pouring the grenadine into the martini glass before adding the mixture.

For something a little less complicated, grab a bottle of Bacardi rum, some ice, and a couple of frozen stawberry drink mixers for a delicious, no-fuss frozen drink.

Kids Cocktails:
The Red, White, and Blue explosion from Skinny Mom. This fun and festive drink contains flavors that are sure please kids, and with just a few ingredients, it’s easy to make and low in sugar. All you need is a little cranberry juice, diet 7-up, and Wild Berry flavored Gatorade.

If you can’t find the Wild Berry Gatorade, a quick and easy solution is a Shirley Temple cocktail. Simply add a splash of grenadine to lemon-lime soda.

Things to Watch:
If your idea of a holiday is relaxing inside an air-conditioned house or movie theater, here are some things to watch:
TV Fireworks Shows:
Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular
Macy’s 36th annual fireworks show airs at 8:00pm eastern on NBC. This year’s theme, “Ignite the Night,” features 40,000 fireworks synchronized to a 25-minute score that blends patriotic classics with contemporary favorites. Celebrity performances by Katy Perry and Kenny Chesney.

A Capitol Fourth
This year’s 4th of July Concert in Washington D.C. airs at 8:00pm and 9:30pm eastern on PBS. Celebrity performances by Josh Turner, Matthew Broderick, Kool & The Gang, Phillip Phillips, Javier Colon, and tenor Russell Watson. Pops conductor Jack Everly is scheduled to lead the National Symphony Orchestra during the fireworks display, with the evening’s final performance being a rendition of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,” accompanied by live cannon-fire.

TV Movies:
Glory airs at 1:45pm eastern on AMC
The Patriot airs at 4:30pm eastern AMC
Air Force One airs at 8:00pm eastern on Flix
Independence Day airs at 8:00pm eastern and 11:00pm eastern on AMC
Live Free or Die Hard airs at 8:00pm eastern and 11:00pm eastern on FX

In the Theater:
Brave is currently playing in theaters
The Amazing Spider-Man comes out on July 3, 2012
Katy Perry: Part of Me comes out on July 5, 2012

No matter what you do for celebrate Independence Day, we hope you have a safe and enjoyable day!

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