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America is the land of the free and the home of the brave. This 4th of July, besides seeing fireworks, remember what Independence Day is really all about. We’ve compiled the best 4th of July quotes, from notable names and politicians to some of our favorite movies, all to to remind us how important this day is. As Benjamin Franklin once said, "Where liberty dwells, there is my country."

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Not into meat? You can still grill on the Fourth!

Being vegetarian may mean you have to answer the same questions over and over again ("No, I can't eat that. Sorry, that's a meat broth" etc.). But that doesn't mean you need to eat the same party dishes over and over again. If you're preparing for Fourth of July celebrations and are looking for some meatless meals to share with your pals, we've got some yummy options for you to choose from. For starters, lets take a look at some appetizers. 

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Every year after the 4th of July, we hear about accidents that took place with young kids and July 4th fireworks. Even while being observed by adults, kids can still get hurt. Consider making these July 4th crafts, which are safe firecrackers to put your mind at ease during the celebration day.

Provided is a tutorial on how to make poppers for your little ones (plus, this is a fun excuse to buy your kids some push-pops for those muggy summer afternoons when they need a treat to cool-down. Just remember to save them in a bag for the holiday!).

Materials

  • Push-pops (amount depends on how many kids joining the party)
  • Bag of blue, white, red confetti (or you can make your own with recycled paper)
  • 1 sheet of blue tissue paper (for about three pops)
  • 1 sheet of white construction paper, colored with a marker for the red stripes

How To Make Party Poppers

  1. Make sure the push-pops are fully rinsed and clean.
  2. Insert red-striped construction paper inside push-pop barrel and push down toward the bottom to add that flair.
  3. Push as much confetti/paper shreds as possible into the barrel.
  4. Have some helping hands hold the push-pop container upright while you cut a square of blue tissue paper.
  5. Glue one side of the tissue paper and quickly wrap around the top of the barrel.
  6. Twist the remaining tissue paper gently into a tail.
  7. When your kids are ready to celebrate on the night of the 4th of July activities, all they will need to do is push the stick with a good jolt and they’ll be surprised at the confetti that flies up all around them.

Have a safe 4th of July!

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There’s something almost magical about seeing fireworks for the 4th of July. Whether you’re in a big city, Disneyland or just your local town, fireworks definitely paint an everlasting picture of what Independence Day is all about. We’ve compiled a bunch of videos of some of the best firework displays from across the country. 

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