July 4th is the 185th day of the year with the exception of leap year, which leaves only 180 days left till the end of the year. It is also the time of year that the Earth is farthest from the sun, but these are just fun facts. To every American, it is a celebration of the day the Declaration of Independence was adopted by Congress back on July 4, 1776. Fireworks, barbecues, parties, picnics and parades will occur all over the USA. However the evening is always what we look forward to the most. My family celebrates by creating a fantastic all-American feast that we share with up to 60 friends. Our menu often includes, Chasen’s Chili - inspired by the legendary Chasen’s Hollywood Eatery, (recipe available at soffiawardy.com), fried chicken, gourmet burgers and hot dogs, and a salsa bar featuring all of the Amen Wardy salsa’s, my Dad’s famous Spicy Corn & Crab Dip (recipe available at soffiawardy.com), Iced champagne, wine, beer and fizzy beverages and the most amazing desserts ever.
One of our favorite places to celebrate is in Aspen, Colorado. Festivities include a good old fashion home town parade, a U.S. Air Force jet fly-by, concerts, a kid’s bicycle rodeo, and weather permitting spectacular fireworks over Aspen Mountain.
We always watch the parade from the outdoor patio at (Nobu), Matsuhisa’s annual barbecue…yes one of Aspen’s best sushi restaurants grills the best burgers and brats (but only on the 4th). We drape ourselves in red, white and blue … don party favors and enjoy the parade from the best seats in town. www.thecitymagazineelp.com