From a wave of the flag to the sizzle of the barbecue, there are certain things that just scream Fourth of July.
Fred Peet invited 3,000 people to his annual Independence Day celebration and expects around 450 to show up.
"It's a great opportunity to have friends, family and work associates join together for a good time and celebrate our nation's birth," Peet said.
Reporter Gina Bullard: Do you know what the Fourth of July is all about?
Avery Hartminnferlind: Umm... no, not really.
I'm sure 8-year-old partygoer Avery is not alone, so here's a quick refresher:
On July 4, 1776, Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence, declaring the American colonies free and independent states. Only 2.5 million people were living in the newly independent nation-- that's how many people live in Brooklyn, N.Y., today. The nation's population is now estimated over 313 million.
OK, now back to the festivities.
Gina Bullard: What do you think of this party?
Avery Hartminnferlind: Well, it's pretty awesome.
Gina Bullard: What makes a good Fourth of July barbecue?
Tammy McFarland/Grilling: Good friends, good drinks and good food.
That's right, Tammy, good food. No Fourth of July barbecue is complete without all the fixings. According to national statistics, it's the most popular holiday for barbecuing, with 86 percent of grill owners firing up. The foods grilled most often: hamburgers, steak, chicken and hot dogs.
Gina Bullard: Is there a technique to cooking hotdogs?
Tammy McFarland: Just get them nice and brown.
Let's talk hot dogs; people love franks. Americans eat over 20 billion hotdogs a year and 155 million of those are devoured on the Fourth of July holiday. That's enough dogs to stretch from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., five times, with some left over.
Gina Bullard: What are the best foods to eat for the Fourth of July and a barbecue?
Avery Hartminnferlind: Chips, hotdogs, burgers.
"Costco loves to see me coming," Peet remarked.
Food, fun, family and friends... all celebrating freedom.
Some other interesting Independence Day facts-- John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on the Fourth of July and Vermont's own Calvin Coolidge was born on Independence Day.
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