Every Fourth of July (well, except for when we hydroplaned near Fort Payne, AL, on the way to Canada) we host Fourth of July at our house with my parents. We do burgers, an ice cream sundae bar, fireworks…the works!
Last year, we did a hot dog topping bar for Canada Day (July 1) and a hamburger topping bar for Fourth of July, but this year we will be traveling back on Canada Day (although the town in Ontario where my mother-in-law lives will be celebrating Canada Day the Saturday before, so we will get to enjoy a Canada Day celebration in Canada).
We have some fireworks left over from New Year’s Eve’s throwdown bash, so we should be good on the fireworks front (hopefully) with just a few poppers and smaller ones. I’m praying that no one in the neighborhood has misfires with the big ones (the mortars) as happened last Fourth of July (Josh and our neighbors two doors down…a few ended up in the chute upside down–which leads to a very low explosion…and a one went sideways). We run the gamut on fireworks from the poppers (the little gunpowder-filled white throw down ones) to sparklers to smoke bombs to mortars). After a few years of trial and error, I have banned the following: the snakes that stain the concrete forever and the parachute men…because one of our neighbors found one on his roof 11 months later…oops! The fireworks extravaganza is Josh’s call.
Here are the ones from last Canada Day/Fourth of July.
The toppings for the hamburgers and ice cream, however, are my call. For the hamburgers, we have the basic condiments: mayo, mustard, ketchup, pickle relish (usually sweet). The basic hamburger veggies are also necessary: lettuce, tomato (hopefully from the garden), red onion slices, pickles, and grilled yellow onions and peppers (sauteed in butter and Tony’s). We will have chili and coleslaw for topping the burgers, as well (an homage to Back Yard Burger’s now-off-the-menu-and-too-far-away-boo-hoo chili cheese burger). Speaking of cheeses, we will have the standard American slices/Kraft singles (although probably store brand), blue cheese crumbles (yum), shredded cheddar, and maybe some shredded jack. I hope to include bacon slices for anyone who wishes to try bacon cheeseburgers. We will finish off the toppings with an assortment of goodies: salsa, jalapenos, guacamole, and barbecue sauce.
The thing is: most of the things we have in our refrigerator or keep stocked at all times. This can also be said of the ice cream sundae bar toppings.
For the ice cream sundae bar, I plan pretty much the same as at our other ice cream bar celebrations. I want to get the waffle bowls as we had before because they were great fun. We will probably have store-brand Reddi-Whip (because of the ease of dispensing). We already have a wide variety of sprinkles and jimmies, cherries (we buy these at Sam’s because someone–Muffin–eats them that quickly), strawberry syrup, caramel syrup (leftover from the Crock Pot Creme Caramel Bruleed French Toast), marshmallow bits, crunched up pretzels, crushed Oreos, chopped nuts, small or chopped candies, chocolate chips, caramel bits, coconut (a sundae bar fave…especially with my dad), and chopped peppermints. Surprisingly, I need to buy chocolate syrup (I know). I also want to get gummi bears (because Muffin likes gummi bears in his sundaes when we go to buffets).
Here was our ice cream topping bar from Super Bowl Sundae (heehee) night:
As far as sides are concerned, Mom will probably bring her potato salad (that Josh adores), and I will make my baked beans (for Josh to grill in cast iron as he makes the burgers).
I also hope to make the following no-bake dessert from The Slow Roasted Italian for my mom: No-Bake Peanut Butter Cup Cream Pie. I think she’ll like it.
What are your plans for the Fourth? Or Canada Day?