Independence Day is a celebration of freedom. What makes this country truly unique and special is not only its people’s diverse ethnicities, but also the freedom we enjoy as Americans to honor our nation’s flag and all it stands for in our own distinct cultural manner.
In that spirit, here are some quick and easy ways to punctuate this great holiday with some sabrosura.
Burgers and corn with a little sabor
Hamburgers and corn on the cob are the most traditional summer holiday cookout staples, but forget the mustard, relish and pickles and try them instead with salsa rosada.
A popular condiment all over South America, this creamy sauce is a delicious yet simple combination of ketchup, mayo, lime juice, ground pepper and an optional dash of hot sauce guaranteed to give your backyard burgers some Latin flavor.
Planning on corn on the cob? Make it elote instead. Sweet corn on the cob grilled, rolled in mayo and sprinkled liberally with Cotija cheese, lime juice, chili powder and served on a stick, elote is one of the most popular street foods in Mexico.
Piñata time at your 4th of July party
Will there be kids at your celebration? A piñata is a fun activity that incorporates the little ones into the festivities. You can keep it patriotic by having one in the shape of a star, colored in red, white and blue.
Piñatas are easily available online or at local tiendas but are even more fun to make! Fill it with kid-friendly sparklers and other U.S.A.-themed goodies and trinkets available at almost any party supply store this week.
A party is not a party without music and dancing, especially for Latinos. There are a number of traditional patriotic classics set to danceable Latin rhythms. There’s even a salsa version of the American national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner.
Check out iTunes or YouTube to get some ideas and then make your own creative patriotic mix of bachata, merengue and salsa, including some of the beloved songs that are an integral part of our country’s proud heritage.
In case of rain
Movies are always the standard go-to when the weather isn’t cooperating with your outdoor plans. Most Americans opt for war movies when a patriotic holiday ends up a washout. But did you know that many of these movies are available in Spanish?
Even if you’ve seen the contemporary favorite “The Patriot” with Mel Gibson, try it out in Spanish. Lots of classics and old Revolutionary War films have been re-mastered and now include Spanish audio or at least subtitles.
Watching American war movies translated from English to Spanish can be a fascinating learning experience or just downright amusing — but entertaining no matter what!
Attend a naturalization ceremony
Nothing demonstrates an ideal that resides at the heart of America’s founding more than the act of welcoming new citizens to the U.S.
Each year on July 4, there are hundreds of public naturalization ceremonies held at almost every major celebration in the country.
They are usually free and open to the public, and it’s a wonderful way to teach children the values and meaning behind citizenship.
It’s also a great opportunity to support and encourage our newest paisanos as they take a life-changing step.Naturalization ceremonies are inspiring and remind us all that we are country immigrants from many lands, a characteristic that still defines the United States as one of the best places to call home.