Parmesan Garlic Wings and The 4th of July: Down with the Monarchy!
Ah, the 4th of July. The holiday evokes images of picnics, fireworks, and red-white-and-blue. For many the holiday also conjures visions of delicious food: meats sizzling on the grill, freshly baked pies, and dips and spreads (hopefully a few with garlic!). However, the 4th of July is much more than parties and firecrackers. Think back: as copies of the Declaration of Independence spread through the colonies and were publicly read at town meetings, people lit great bonfires, illuminated their windows with candles, fired guns, rang bells, and tore down and destroyed the symbols of monarchy on public buildings.
But what exactly were people celebrating? A speech or a written document? Freedom or equality? Inalienable rights or the right to rebel?
The actual Fourth of July holiday may have been started by accident. On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress voted to approve a Virginia motion calling for separation from Britain, with nine colonies expressing approval. Two days later, on July 4, the Declaration was formally adopted by twelve colonies after some revision (New York approved the Declaration fifteen days later). Aside from John Hancock, the Declaration did not have many other signers until August 2, and a significant number of them did not sign the actual Declaration until the following year. Ultimately, fourteen men who had not even been present on July 4 signed their names to the document.
Congress did not discuss celebrating the anniversary of independence at all until July 3, 1777, when it was too late to honor July 2. As a result, the celebration took place on July 4, and marking the Declaration of Independence on that date became the country’s tradition. By 1786, the tenth anniversary of independence, the Fourth of July had become a historical ritual in some cities, with cannons or bells sounding early in the morning. Militia or volunteer units marched in parades, joined by citizens, to an official oration site. People joined in song and later gathered around bonfires and set off fireworks. The celebration was treated as a holy day, “the Sabbath of our Freedom.” In 1941 Congress declared July Fourth a federal holiday, and today it is celebrated across the country.
Today we celebrate American Independence Day on the Fourth of July every year. We think of July 4, 1776, as a day that represents the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation. So why not celebrate and commemorate the day with a delicious garlic recipe? Here’s one of our favorites for Garlic Parmesan Wings:
You will need: a Garlic Shaker for easy garlic peeling.
- A quarter cup butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon fresh garlic.
- ½ teaspoon onion salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
- ½ cup parmesan cheese, grated
- 24 chicken wings, nude, baked (or fried if you like)
- In a small glass bowl, melt butter in microwave.
- Whisk in the garlic powder, onion salt and pepper.
- Arrange hot, fresh-baked nude wings on a serving platter and drizzle with butter mixture.
- Top with parmesan cheese and serve immediately.