Today, if you are a U.S. citizen you are likely planning some type of special meal or event, wherever you happen to find yourself right now on this planet and typically that involves picnics, barbecues, gatherings with family and friends, hamburgers, hot dogs and pie along with cold beer, margaritas and fireworks.
As Mexico is home to many U.S. expats as well as Mexicans with dual citizenship with the U.S., celebrations commemorating the day south of the border are not all that uncommon. If you happen to be traveling to Mexico right now or live here, you may have seen some local markets even displaying some 4th of July promotional sales on holiday related products.
No matter which side of the political fence you root for, it’s a day to put those partisan squabbles aside and for us all to come together as one to remember the date when our forefathers signed the Declaration of Independence, claiming freedom for the nation from British rule as we continue to enjoy these annual celebrations that we grew up with; holiday traditions passed onto us from our parents, grandparents and they from the generations of their families before them.
While each family gathering on this day is unique as we remember the holiday in our own way, the one common denominator it seems common to all is food.
And here at Casa Gomez we are not the exception as I will be firing up the BBQ later and covering the different grills with pre-oven baked, wrapped brisket, different styles of chorizo, kabobs, baked potatoes and a pot of chile beans while Cristina is making some home made tortillas.
To help me watch over and tend to all this delicious spread, I’ll be holding a margarita in a salted rim glass with a shot of Grand Marnier to help keep my spirits up while popping open an occasional oyster or two along the way.
Wishing all of our friends and family a happy Fourth of July and if you choose to light off fireworks this evening, I ask that you try to fire them off in an area far away from the overly sensitive ears of our four footed friends. If you have pets and live in an area where fireworks are expected, be sure to bring your pets safely indoors.
So, where are you today, what are you planning and most important – what’s on your grill?