Home    Your Guide To Having An Explosive Fourth Of July

Fireworks, food, family, and fun! The Fourth of July is a summer tradition like none other. From starting your celebration in your own backyard with friends to venturing out downtown, make this Fourth of July an explosive one that is sure to create lasting memories for you and your family/friends.

1 – Eat. It is your patriotic duty.

Independence Day is just around the corner, meaning millions of Americans just like you will be firing up their grills in true Patriotic fashion.The HPBA reports that July Fourth is THE number one grilling holiday. What is the most popular food for grilling? Yep, you guessed it… BURGERS. Some “grill – masters” would go as far as to say that there is an art to grilling the perfect burger. I am no expert but I do know a thing or two about this topic. My preference? A grass-fed beef with a meat to fat ratio of 80/20. Beef that is too lean will end up yielding a dry and not very flavorful burger.

The All American Bacon Cheeseburger


  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon steak sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 4 slices sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 hamburger buns, split and toasted
  • 8 cooked Jones Dairy Farm Dry-Aged Bacon strips
  • Optional toppings: lettuce leaves and tomato, onion and pickle slices


In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into four patties.Grill burgers, covered, over medium heat or broil 3 in. from the heat for 4-7 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 160° and juices run clear. Top with cheese. Grill 1 minute longer or until cheese is melted. Serve on buns with bacon and toppings of your choice. Yield: 4 servings.



2 – Red. White. And Boozy.

Independence Day is a day to celebrate just that, independence and our freedom to do awesome things, one of which is drinking copious amounts of alcohol on a hot, summer day, surrounded by loved ones. You really can’t get more “American” than holding a cheeseburger in one hand whilst holding a patriotic drink in the other. ( assuming you also are rocking some sort of flag bandana around your head as well). This unique and unexpected flavor combo that is most definitely celebration worthy, offers a subtle tribute to the traditional Fourth of July drinks we are used to seeing while not being overly sugary or too boozy.

Campari Basil Mojito


  • 2 oz Campari
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 oz lime juice
  • 1/4 cup basil leaves, loosely packed
  • Basil leaves for garnish


  1. In the bottom of a cocktail shaker or glass, add the brown sugar, lime juice and 1/4 cup basil leaves. Muddle together with a muddler or a spoon until the sugar has mostly dissolved into the lime juice and there is a nice basil scent released from the leaves.
  2. Add the Campari and stir well to combine.
  3. Fill a Collins glass or other glass with crushed ice.
  4. Pour the Campari-basil mixture over the ice and top with a splash of sparkling water. Serve with basil leaves for garnish.



3- A Dessert To Fill You With Pride.

I love summer. I love pools. I love a good day off to eat delicious food that was cooked on a grill. Without democracy I would not be able to enjoy these simple things. What I don’t love, however is bending over backwards to make a complicated dessert. Your flavor options for a “patriotic” dessert are very limited if everything must be red, white, and blue. While that can be fun, it may be lacking in flavor so I suggest opting for something delicious, American and easy insead! In my opinion, no one REALLLLLYYYY enjoys that whole ritual of flag-like desserts being orchestrated by lots of cool whip, lots of blueberries and strawberries with white chocolate wafers/cake so why do we continue to eat it year after year?

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie


  • Frozen Store Bought


Filling Preparation:

Mix the rhubarb, strawberries, sugar, tapioca, flour, zest and juice of lemon, dash of cinnamon, and vanilla. Mix well in a large bowl and pour out into chilled crust. Dot the top of the filling with the butter. Brush edges of pie crust with egg white wash. Roll out the other piece of dough and place over filling. Crimp to seal edges. Brush with egg white wash and garnish with large granule sugar. Collar with foil and bake at 425 degrees F for 15 minutes. Decrease temperature to 375 degrees F and bake for an additional 45 to 50 minutes, or until the filling starts bubbling. Higher altitude will take 450 degrees F and 400 degrees F respectively.


4- The Works!

Now that you have filled your bellies with the most American food you possibly can it is time to head out to celebrate your independence and this Country. Downtown Raleigh will host the city’s Fourth of July fireworks and festival Extravaganza! Join the celebration during the day  for live music, beer and wine tents, rides and games, circus performances, eating contests, food vendors, art vendors, a picnic on Fayetteville Street and so much more!! Fireworks are scheduled to start @ 9:30 pm so be sure to arrive in time to see Downtown’s sky light up!!





For a complete list of the Triangles fireworks schedule please visit : http://www.visitraleigh.com/blog/post/2017/6/20/Where-to-See-Fireworks-in-Raleigh-N-C-on-July-4th-Weekend/9477/