If You Grill It, They Will Come- Why Do We Celebrate Patriotic Holidays With Grilling?
Why does the mention of Memorial Day and Independence Day cause everyone in the neighborhood to bring out the grill? What is it about these patriotic holidays that instills a need in Americans for burgers, hot dogs, and all the fixings?
According to Slate.Com, barbecues first began in America by colonists in Virginia who adapted this tradition from the West Indies. This practice became such a hit in the early 1800s that public barbecues were held to draw crowds during political rallies that marked Independence Day. As the city crowd drifted to the suburbs during the 1900s, grilling became less of a public event and more of a backyard celebration.
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