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20 Ways Latinos Celebrate The Fourth Like Nobody Else

Happy Fourth of July, amigos. Independence Day is typically reserved for celebrating America’s freedom from colonial Britain, although we know it’s much more layered than that. Here is what a typical Independence Day celebration looks like for Latinos.

1. This year, we’re keeping up with old traditions (read: food), and throwing down the new administration.

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This weekend we marched. While it feels wrong to celebrate our freedom while so many are without, it’s better to be together. And you know the carne asada is going down no matter what.

2. Because you know your dad is geared tf up.

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He’s been wearing the same New Balances for the last ten years, and they only come out when it’s time to grill. Don’t even think about giving him a hard time for it–that is an unspeakable offense.

3. Don’t even think about making fun of his “protective eyewear.”

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He’s a sucker for all the sales and got a really good deal for it, OK? Let the man make you some carne asada..

4. Because Latinos are too good for hamburguesas and hot dogs.

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The churrasco situation is always lit. My family’s take on lechón asada was to just stick a whole baby pig on the grill and cook it for hours. Of course, that’s only after it has been marinating in sofrito overnight.

4. And your tía isn’t bringing string beans.

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Oh, and the potluck food that your tias and primos are bringing? It’s all croquetas y pasteles y tamales.

5. Three plantains per entry, por favor.

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Your family comes with a bag of ripe plantains to grill on the stove, mangos for the tajín and avocados from the backyard tree. Yeah. We know how to tostone and party.

6. If we’re being honest here, Latinos celebrate the 4th as an excuse to eat all this food.

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There’s a whole separate grill for the elote. Oh, and there’s only one grocery stop you need to make the weekend before.

7. Costco is the go-to place for all your holiday needs.

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Your mom always made you go to Costco with her the weekend before to get the Tajín, elotes, limes in bulk. Oh, and the tequila. Lots of tequila happening on the 4th of July.

8. Pero, dayum, it’s worth it.

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Once all the food is out, and you’ve got the whole land and sea on platters scattered around the yard, it’s time to feast. You can’t forget the mojo on the side, too.

9. But, before that can happen, tiene paciencia.

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We’re slow AF to get the grill going. Everyone arrives late, but so does the carne asada. 😫

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10. Don’t even try to help with the grilling.

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Your dad has everything arranged in a very specific order, and if you let the smoke out, the food loses its flavor. Or something. It’s always something.  🙄 Avoid the tongs to the face and just stick to cleaning.

11. And you only ever buy fireworks from the side of the road.

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Here’s why: your mother never planned to get fireworks because she worries too much, but when we saw those stands on the side of the road, the begging began. That is the one and only reason you ever had fireworks, and never anything too big, because somos fragíles.

12. And when you do set off the fireworks, su mama thinks its a gun.

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Cada vez. You know the worst part? Now do, too!  😱

13. The only helado allowed is shaped like a rocket:

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All the kids’ lips are red and blue and zooming around like actual rocketships. At some point, your mom always whips out the hose and the backyard becomes a mini-waterpark.

14. You know every new citizen at the BBQ will be wearing stars and stripes.

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Usually, there’s at least one recent American citizen who is just glowing. The party is essentially for him or her and they know it. Here’s to hoping there will be more this year.

15. Your dog will be dressed to impress.

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I never said he’d be wearing American flags, too. Every 4th of July celebration is going to have your homeland’s flag waving, or, at the very least, securely fastened on the dog, pobrecito.

P.S.- That’s Eva Longoria’s dog! Que cute!

16. No matter whether you’re Mexican or not, there will be a piñata.

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My boricua mother stuffed our piñata with male thongs and tequila nips, while my Jamaican dad avoided the scene like the Pope avoids the gays. OK–there was some tamarindo in there, too, but we had to wait to eat it until after dessert.

17. Obviously, there will be all kinds of dessert, like flan.

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She makes it every year, and even though you stuffed your face with Bomb Pops, and secretly chowed on the tamarindo and Ring Pops, you still have to have a slice or risk hurting her feelings. And, honestly, you’re here for it.

18. Everyone gets super drunk.

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Maybe it’s the nips from the piñata or the Costco sized botellóns or the six packs of Modelo per person, but everyone gets lit.

19. The day always ends with cafecito.

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As soon as the Cafe Bustelo is out, you know it’s your mom’s way of saying that it’s time to go, fam. And time for you to start deep cleaning, because you know she was expecting you to clean as you go all day.

20. This year, how will you celebrate?

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In times like these, sometimes the best act of resistance is to find pockets of happiness with the people you love. So post your outrage on social media and then soak up every minute of carne asada con la familia.

The Fourth Of July Parade Was Drenched In Rain And Everyone Was Worried About Trump’s Hair

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The Fourth Of July Parade Was Drenched In Rain And Everyone Was Worried About Trump’s Hair

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Donald Trump came under fire for politicizing the US Independence Day celebrations, after ordering a large military parade through the nation’s capital city and delivering a speech of his own at the Lincoln Memorial. The US president has toyed with the idea of a grand show of arms since observing the 2017 Bastille Day celebration in Paris.

Trump’s demand to include tanks and military jets in the July 4 festivities this year breaks with tradition in Washington, where hundreds of thousands of people typically gather for a night of patriotic songs and fireworks broadcast on national television.

Despite the controversy, Trump went forward with his military-style 4th of July celebration.

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On a rainy Independence Day at the Lincoln Memorial, Donald Trump emceed his “Salute to America.” As promised, his speech largely eschewed politics, and instead found the president, positioned behind rain-streaked panels of bulletproof glass, sharing tales from the nation’s military history, highlighting accomplished Americans, and presiding over a display of weapons of war.

“We celebrate our history, our people, and the heroes who proudly defend our flag—the brave men and women of the United States Military,” said the president near the opening of his remarks. He thanked the leaders of the “Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines—and very soon the Space Force.”

And although he stayed out of politics, Trump still managed to make the event one we won’t soon forget.

During his remarks, Trump also told the stories of notable Americans in attendance, including a man who participated in civil rights sit-ins during the 1960s, and an Army veteran Catholic nun who served as a first responder at Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks.

Though supporters packed the mall in front of the Lincoln Memorial, early reports of a scramble to secure VIP attendees were further confirmed by The New York Times. The paper reported that though Trump requested the attendance of all of the military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, most were “on leave or travel” and did not make an appearance.

His administration has also kept secret the costs of this giant military 4th of July Celebration.

The Trump administration has been silent on the question of how much the display cost taxpayers, but The Washington Post reported that to fund the event, the National Park Service redirected close to $2.5 million for the ceremony. During the event, 24 military aircraft performed flyovers, at a cost the Post calculated to be at least $560,000 per hour. And according to The New York Times, the ceremony cost the Pentagon more than $1 million.

I mean it was so controversial that even the Russian news media came for Trump and his parade.

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You know things are bad for Trump when his biggest foreign fans are knocking his performance.

But perhaps the biggest news from the event was that we found out that there were airports during the Revolutionary War.

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Trump also made a major historical blunder. In a portion of his speech that addressed the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, Trump said that “our army manned the air, it rammed the ramparts, it took over the airports, it did everything it had to do.”

Trump’s gaffe made for some pretty great memes across social media.

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But during those wars, of course, the invention of air travel was still decades away—and Trump’s gaffe spawned delighted mockery on social media.

Other’s imagined the possibility of what Trump’s hair might actually look like if it were to get wet…

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I don’t think Trump has that much hair but still..you get the point.

Trump also drew fire for a comment he made urging young Americans to join the military.

It seems pretty ironic for a man who complained about ‘bone spurs’ in his feet to skip military service during the Vietnam War to be asking young men and women to risk their lives.

READ: For This Year’s July 4th Consider Volunteering Your Time With Organizations Meant To Help Migrants And Dreamers

Two Kids Are In Critical Condition After A Shocking Road Rage Incident On The Fourth Of July

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Two Kids Are In Critical Condition After A Shocking Road Rage Incident On The Fourth Of July

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A road rage shooting in Houston on the Fourth of July set a family pickup truck full of fireworks ablaze, leaving two parents and two young children hospitalized with extensive burns.

A family of four are severely injured after a violent road rage incident on the 4th of July.

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A family of four was injured in an apparent “road rage incident” in Houston Thursday night after a suspect fired a gun at their car, igniting the newly-bought fireworks inside, authorities said.

The children, a 1-year-old and a 2-year-old, sustained “severe burns” and had to be life flighted for their injuries, according to Deputy Tom Turner with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office violent crimes unit.

According to authorities, the incident started at a Houston gas station.

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The incident began when the family’s father got into an argument on Thursday evening at a gas station with another man who pulled a gun on him, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Department.

As the father drove away with his wife and two children, the man fired shots into the truck.

At least one of the bullets then struck the fireworks, setting off the explosives and engulfing the vehicle in flames.

The kids required helicopter flights from the scene.

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Some “good Samaritans” stopped to help the family and took them to a nearby urgent care clinic.

The children were then life-flighted to the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston with “severe burns,” the deputy said. The mother and father were also transported to a hospital.

The suspect is still on the run and police are asking for the community’s help.

The suspect, who fled the scene, was described by the victim as a mixed-race man in his 20s, Turner said. He was believed to be driving a light-colored, newer model Ford Expedition and he may have been with a woman and two other people.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

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