The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.

-Eleanor Roosevelt

Hey guys! July 4th is tomorrow, so I got inspired to write a listicle about how vegans can celebrate America’s Birthday. Enjoy!

Grill Vegan Meat

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There are so many amazing vegan meats to choose from. Independence Day inspired choices include vegan burgers, vegan hot dogs, and vegan sausage links. There are many amazing brands and varieties of vegan meats, and my personal recommendation for the occasion would be to grill some Beyond Meat burgers. These burgers are juicy and about as close to their meaty counterparts as you can get, however, they are somewhat pricey and not widely available. However, if you live near a place that sells them, I would definitely say they are worth the price, especially for a holiday celebration. There are also plenty of vegan buns, toppings, and sides to go with your burger.

Chill Poolside/Beachside with Vegan Drinks

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There is no shortage of vegan alcoholic beverages out there. Most beers, wines, and hard liquors are inherently vegan. Just look out for honey as an ingredient, because sometimes drinks are made with it. My favorite vegan summer drinks are home-made margaritas and piña coladas.

Prepare Traditional Summer Recipes

This is the potato salad I made today!

When I think of July 4th, I think potato salad. Today I had the urge to make it, so I just used some ingredients that I had around the kitchen and threw it together. It was really easy, and it tastes amazing! I used red-skinned potatoes, vegan mayo, mustard, a Vidalia onion, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, thyme, salt, garlic powder, and paprika. I didn’t really measure anything or go off of a formal recipe, but you can find plenty of vegan potato salad recipes online or come up with one on your own. You can also prepare special vegan Independence Day-themed sweets, such as cupcakes, decorated in red, white, and blue of course!

Watch Fireworks

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This one is a fairly obvious choice. Watching fireworks is my all-time favorite thing to do on July 4th. It’s important to watch the fireworks every year wherever the shows are available, as they are a rarity. Make sure to take some good pictures, too!

Do Patriotic Activities

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Watch patriotic movies like “Forrest Gump” and “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.” Read up on American history, or watch an American documentary. Play baseball. Write a letter to your congressperson about an issue that you care about.

Spend Time with Your People

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Whether it means attending an Independence Day party with your friends or going to a family BBQ, make sure you surround yourself with the people you care about on this fun summer holiday. I know it can be hard being the only vegan in the group, but if this is the case, bring some delicious homemade vegan dishes to the gathering. This not only gives you food to eat, but it will give others the opportunity to enjoy amazing vegan cuisine as well.

Thank you for reading my list of Vegan Independence Day ideas. I hope that you found it useful. Happy 4th everyone!

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