Getting Festive on the 4th of July

Mimi ON Jul 01, 2011 AT 5:22 pm

We have some lovely American interns in BATD HQ at the moment and we thought we’d get them out scouting for the best way to celebrate Independence Day in London this year as they are away from home. So we asked them to tell us about their own 4th of July experiences and what to eat, drink and wear, hoping they didn’t get homesick.

The Fourth of July is typically the same for all American families, and often includes a barbeque in the backyard, a fireworks show downtown (or in your driveway), cotton candy, and lots of red, white, and blue.  The same can be said for my friends and family; for nearly a decade, we’ve gone to the same Fourth of July party on a golf course to indulge in a night of over-the-top patriotic splendor.  This year will be markedly different, as I won’t even be back in the states for the Fourth, but I’ll be celebrating at heart!

What I enjoy most about the Fourth of July is eating shamelessly (and often fried) American food and dressing in a flag-like red and blue ensemble.  But instead of going with a traditional striped outfit, this year I suggest taking it a step further with slightly-muted colors, a maxi skirt and major footwear

 

Topshop skirt & vest, Jeffrey Campbell platforms

How amazing are those shoes! Such statement-makers don’t need any other accessories to compete with them; wear simple jewelry and a minimal hairstyle so those patriotic platforms really stand out against your solid clothing.

When it comes to food, it really doesn’t get better than hot dogs, burgers, french fries, potato salad and ice cream cones — call it unhealthy, but the Fourth only comes round once a year!  Try your hand at this festive menu by making homemade french fries of your own — just rough chop potatoes, season with salt & pepper, toss in olive oil and bake in the oven — and cook up a few burgers on your grill.  It’s as easy as that!

Drinks are where things get creative; Americans will come up with a cocktail to celebrate anything! My favorite cocktail is a sweet and sour Fourth of July Lemonade, which is a refreshing departure from stale beer.  Combine the ingredients below for this tart and patriotic treat:

1 part Jack Daniel’s bourbon

1 part triple sec

1 part sweet-and-sour mix

4 parts lemon-lime soda.

Add any other flavors you like for a twist on the classic, like raspberry or strawberry soda for a sweet and fruity lemonade.

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