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Celebrating Independence Day Traditions

If you’re a regular DFR reader, by now you probably know that I have this addiction to holidays. Is that even possible?

Well, maybe it’s not an addiction, but every year when each holiday comes around, I like to remind myself of what the day is really all about.

So on this Fourth of July, I want to celebrate not only the holiday’s history, but I want to know what makes today exciting and unique. After all, holidays – whether you celebrate them or not – are about tradition, right?

As most of us know, Independence Day – or what most Americans call the Fourth of July – is the holiday that commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence. That’s right, 236 years ago on this day the United States of America was born.

Today is a celebration of our nation’s independence from England in 1776. It became a federal holiday in 1870, and now it’s celebrated with traditional barbecues, carnivals, parades, picnics, and, yes – who could forget – fireworks!

 

To me, the Fourth of July was cool when I was younger. Back then it was all about the parades, candy and get-togethers in the park. But for the last few years, I haven’t done much on this particular day to make it special or to create any new traditions.

So today I’m celebrating with the ones that are always there for me no matter what. Since holidays are all about traditions and family gatherings, we all have the chance to make today even more special by including our four-legged friends.

The Fourth is kind of a make-it-your-own holiday. A Christmas tree isn’t required, there’s not a turkey in sight, and no one is expecting a birthday cake. So, I figure it’s a great time to include the doggies in the fun. I’m going to show them off to family and friends by dressing them up in funny patriotic gear. After all, starting a new tradition with the dogs is just the kind of holiday celebration I like best!

Happy Fourth of July, and remember, Dogs Freakin’ Rule!

Written by

Kayla Bertagnolli is a 23-year-old from Ogden, UT, who's been involved in the dog show world her whole life. A former junior handler who learned about breeding Beagles from her mother Leah, she assisted several professional handlers and is currently working to become a Junior Showmanship judge. Kayla is passionate about photography and writes the twice-weekly blog, DFR. She plans to continue breeding and showing, and expects to stay involved in dogs "for life!"