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Celebrating Fourth of July: Expectations vs. Reality

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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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Picthx: Chella's Common Cents


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