July 4th has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution, 1775 - 83.
In June 1776, representatives of the 13 colonies then fighting in the revolutionary would declare their independence from Great Britain. On July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later its delegates adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. 1776 until the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with typical festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues.
The tradition of patriotic celebration became even more widespread after the War of 1812, United States again faced Great Britain. 1870, the U.S. Congress made July 4th a federal holiday; in 1941, the provision was expanded to grant a paid holiday to all federal employees. Over the years, the political importance of the holiday would decline, but Independence Day remained an important national holiday and a symbol of patriotism.
Research Source: History Online
The spicy ketchup adds a nice flavoring. This recipe is perfect for the grill or in your oven. Clean up is a cinch. Just toss the foil.
Hot Dog Packets with Spicy ketchup
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4 small potatoes, cut into wedges
4 hot dogs, sliced
1 small onion, cut into wedges
salt and pepper, to taste
spicy ketchup, recipe below
4 sheets tinfoil (18x12 inches)
4 tablespoons ketchup
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Preheat oven to 425.
Cut 4 (18x12 inch) sheets of heavy duty foil, and spray with cooking spray.
Divide potatoes, hot dogs and onions on each tin foil. Sprinkle salt and pepper. Drizzle spicy ketchup. Fold foil around hot dog mixture and seal tightly. Bake about 30 minutes, until potatoes are tender. Carefully open foil and allow steam to escape.
In small bowl, combine all ingredients. Enjoy!