Independence Day

4 Jul

FlagOn Monday 16th June the Purple Grape team was joined by our Summer marketing intern Cat who has joined us from New York whilst she is on summer vacation. Cat has settled into our team fabulously and it is a real shame that she will only be with us for 6 weeks.

Door wreathAnyway…. in respect to our new team member from across the pond we thought we would celebrate the Fourth of July with a blog.

So a brief history….

IMG_9253Independence Day is commonly known as Fourth of July and is a federal holiday, which is the equivalent of UKs Bank Holidays. It commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4 1776, which declared independence from the UK. Independence Day is the National Day of the United States.

ClothesCat got very excited when I asked her about traditions of the day and what she does with her family. I love how passionate she is about it all and definitely get the feeling of nostalgia when she speaks about it all.

CakeThe day is celebrated in Cat’s hometown of Bronxville, which is situated about 20 minutes outside of New York City, in true party style on the beaches.  BBQs will be fired up with Hot Dogs and Hamburgers, Pasta Salads up for grabs and Cat’s Mum will make sweet pies or cakes that are topped with berries in the National Flag shape and colours. Everyone dresses in Red, White and Blue and Cat has still followed this tradition today over here in the UK; dressed in a lovely white blouse and Scarlet red skirt. Music plays a big part of the celebrations but is normally traditional American artists like Bruce Springsteen that get the party started and have young and old singing along. As the night draws in there will be a colourful display of fireworks to really add that celebration factor.  I love fireworks!

IMG_9250Tonight Cat is heading to an American bar in Central London and will be enjoying the evening with some Arnold Palmer (traditional still Lemonade and Iced Tea mixed) or a cheeky few Buds or Coors Light with her fellow American interns! Sounds like great fun to me and I hope to one day be over in the states to be able to witness this fabulous day and share it with my American friends.