4th of July Feast!

I don’t know about you all, but our 4th of July celebration wouldn’t have been complete without dishing up a summery BBQ feast!

I think most of us served traditional favorites such as hamburgers and hot dogs, chicken, ribs, garden salads, potato salad, chips and watermelon.

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Here are some interesting facts for you to ponder:

There’s a 1-in-6 chance the beef on your backyard grill came from Texas.

The chicken on your barbecue grill probably came from Georgia, Arkansas, Alabama or Mississippi.

The lettuce in your salad was probably grown in California, which accounts for nearly three-quarters of USA lettuce production.

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The ketchup on your burger probably came from California, which accounted for 95 percent of processed tomato production last year.

As for potato salad, potato chips or fries, Idaho and Washington produce about one-half of the nation’s spuds.

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Six states — California, Florida, Texas, Georgia, Arizona and Indiana — combined to produce about 80 percent of watermelons last year.

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“You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.” Erma Bombeck

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