Rise & Grind - Facts, Finds & Fun for the Fourth



Here are a few fast facts about our nations birthday.

In 2019, the National Retail Federation predicted Americans would spend around $6.7 billion on fashion, treats, and gear to celebrate the Fourth of July.
Then there is the booze in a category of its own. According to the beer institute, "more beer is sold on and around the Fourth of July holiday than during any other time throughout the year." Generally, Americans will spend around $1 billion on beer for their Fourth celebrations, and more than $560 million on wine...and that was before COVID-19 quarantine life!

Also, the Declaration of Independence was not actually signed on the 4th of July...or even in July at all. The 4th is just the date the document was formally dated. Only John Hancock and Charles Thomson signed the early print copies of the Declaration. The rest of the 54 men signed an official engrossed copy on August 2.  Hancock famously (and boldly) signed his name again on the updated version. 

We've gathered some of our picks for this years Fourth of July activities, including making this gorgeous patriotic No-Bake Cheesecake Triple Berry Star Tart. 






What's better than grilling up some burgers and dogs while listening to some funky tunes? We all know the firework show staples like "The Star Spangled Banner" and "Proud To Be An American," but there are plenty of other less obvious tunes that honor the US of A. We've got you covered with our 4th of July Backyard BBQ Playlist. We've hand picked 15 songs that are sure to keep the party vibe going.