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July 4, 2015

Today we celebrate:

National Barbecue Day – We must differentiate between barbecuing and grilling. Barbecue uses indirect heat for a long time and grilling uses direct heat for a much shorter period of time. So make sure you get it right when you make it for your barbecue dinner tonight.

Boom Box Parade Day – Begun in 1986 by WILI, a radio station in Willimantic, Connecticut, this is a day to have a Boom Box Parade. This day began when the Windham's Memorial Day Parade couldn't find a marching band. So, WILI played marching band music on the air while people marched in the parade carrying their boom boxes which, of course, were tuned to WILI's station. Anyone can participate, the only requirement is that they wear red, white and blue and carry a radio tuned to WILI. American flags are encouraged as well.

Independence From Meat Day - This is a day to start a new tradition.  It doesn’t need to be hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill for your barbeque today.  You can grill veggie burgers and veggie dogs, especially if you are going to be inviting vegetarians to your party.  It would be great if they could eat more than the salad.

Indivisible Day – First declared as a holiday in 2002 by Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura, this day celebrates the division between church and state by the American Constitution. It is under fire by a lot of people who believe it to be an atheist inspired day.

National Country Music Day – This is a down home, country day. It doesn't matter if you prefer the classic country of our childhood or the newer country that has a touch of rock in it. Listen to whatever kind of country music you like today.

Fourth Of July or Independence Day – This day doesn't really need any explanation, but for those who might live in another country, this day celebrates the adoption of our Declaration of Independence back in 1776.

Sidewalk Egg Frying Day – On this day in Oatman, Arizona, there is a festival that involves wild west gun fights, food galore and burros wandering wherever they want. But the big attraction today is the egg frying competition. The rules demand that you fry an egg within 15 minutes using only the sun.

Hop A Park Day – July is National Parks and Recreation Month so there will likely be special events going on in the National Parks all over the country.  This is a day for you to visit each of the parks in your area to see what special events they have planned.  It is always on the first Saturday in July.

International Day Of Cooperatives – Celebrated on the first Saturday of July, this is a United Nations day that has the goal of increasing awareness of cooperatives. The United Nations wants to strengthen the partnerships among cooperatives, as well as between cooperatives and their supporting governments.

International Cherry Pit Spitting Day – On this day, compete with your family and friends from all around the world to see who can spit their cherry pits the farthest. I'll set the bar right here. You have to at least beat a distance of 2 inches because that's how far I can spit my pit. I know, it's pretty sad.  We celebrate this day on the first Saturday in July.

To celebrate today, add boom boxes and country music to your Fourth of July parade today.  While you are waiting for the parade to start, fry some eggs on the sidewalk to see how hot it is.  Then invite everyone over for a barbeque at a local park with regular burgers and veggie burgers where you can discuss the division between church and state and have a cherry pit spitting contest.  Before you go to bed investigate the cooperatives endorsed by the United Nations and see what you can do to spread more awareness of them.

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