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Celebrating Fourth of July: Expectations vs. Reality

07/03/2013 01:54 pm ET | Updated Sep 02, 2013
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Independence Day in America is one of those rare holidays that doesn't seem to exist just to make people buy things. Sure, you've got all the fireworks kiosks. And no, they don't just give away all that patriotic tablewear and those hot dogs and grilling utensils for free. But this day mostly is just about eating well, sitting back and enjoying each other's company. Except when it's about burning in the summer sun. Or suffering from food poisoning. Or being too hungover to work because this stupid holiday just had to fall on a weekday.

Ah well, at least we have the freedom to gripe about it together. 'MURICA.

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Expectation: Throwing a cool, outdoor barbecue in the shade

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Picthx: Pinterest

Reality: Just stepping outside feels like burning

Alternative: Having it at the beach and being gloomy as f@#k

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Expectation: Having time to make lots of cute, USA-themed snacks

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Picthx: Apollinas

Reality: Barely having enough time to buy groceries

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Expectation: Enjoying a nice, stress-free potluck with friends and family

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Reality: No one brings anything but booze and utensils, forcing you to whip up something last minute

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Expectation: Sticking to your summer diet

Reality: Parking your butt at the dessert table

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Expectation: Finally getting to nom on all the delicious grilled grub

Reality: Waiting. Lots of waiting. Probably some food poisoning when you get tired of waiting.

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Originally written by Dominique Zamora for Foodbeast