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Celebrating Fourth of July in Style



While it might seem a ways off still, the #FourthofJuly will be here before we know it! Whether your family has a tradition they take part in every year, or you wing it and find something fun to do as the date gets closer, it’s never too early to start thinking about the Fourth of July, what it means, and how you might celebrate this special holiday.


At Sweetbriar Rose, we love celebrating just about any holiday. We decorate, spend time with family and friends, eat fabulous food, and sometimes take in #FourthofJulyevents. What are some ways you celebrate?


Whatever your Fourth of July plans involve, we would be thrilled if you made Sweetbriar Rose part of them. We will be open the day of celebrating together, plus we can take food orders ahead of time or provide you with a wide selection of wine and beer. Not to mention all the cute things to buy in stock.


Swing by the store anytime leading up to the holiday and let us know how we can make your day even better.



History of Fourth of July

Everyone knows that the Fourth of July is our Independence Day, or so we have been taught growing up. But did you know that July 4th is not the day that the Continental Congress declared independence? That was on July 2, 1776. It also wasn’t the day the Revolution started or the day Jefferson wrote the draft or the day it was signed (April 1775, June 1776, and August 2, 1776, respectively).


So what happened on the Fourth of July? It was on this day in 1776 that the Continental Congress finally agreed to the wording of the Declaration of Independence. It had been under debate for days. So, July 4, 1776 was the date printed on the document we have all seen either in person at the National Archives or reprinted and copied in history class.



In the 1820s and 1830s, printed copies of the Declaration began circulating, and July 4, 1776 was prominently printed at the top. Furthermore, both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on July 4, 1826, spurring on the magic of the date.


As years passed, it became commonplace to celebrate this special day. In 1870, Congress declared the Fourth of July to be a national holiday.



Fredericksburg, TX Fourth of July Events

If you are in the area on July 4th, there is a full day of events planned to keep you entertained. Fredericksburg events are always fun with options for families and adults.


Check out the schedule for Thursday, July 4, 2019.

8:30 a.m. Children’s Parade – Marktplatz

9:30 a.m. July 4th Parade Viewing at Pontotoc Vineyards Weingarten

10 a.m. Aircraft flyover signals start of the parade

10 a.m. Fourth of July Parade on Main Street

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Chili Cookoff at Becker Vineyards. $5 for six tastes of chili.

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Reds, Whites and Blues at Lost Draw Cellars.

11:30 a.m. Patriotic Program at Marktplatz (following the parade)

1 p.m. to 5 p.m. 4th of July Celebration in Luckenbach Texas

9:30 p.m. City of Fredericksburg Fireworks Display at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park


Fourth of July Recipes

What is a holiday celebration without food? Fourth of July is no exception. Plus, the fun part here is everything can be on theme if it includes red, white, and blue!


A simple way to have an awesome #FourthofJulydessert would be to decorate your favorite cake with berries, resembling a flag. Simply bake your go-to cake recipe in a rectangular pan, ice with white icing, then decorate the cake with strawberries or raspberries and blueberries, the red berries being the red stripes and the blueberries being the blue underneath the stars. You can choose any design with blue and red berries, and it will be patriotic.



If you need a cake recipe, try our favorite chocolate cake recipe.

Of course, any type of pie would be perfect. Is there anything more American than a pie? Apple is always a favorite, or you could combine blue and red berries, then top a slice with some whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, and even your dessert plate will be celebrating America. For an excellent pie crust recipe, check out this one.


Of course, any of the standard barbeque dishes will work for the main part of your meal. You can’t go wrong with hamburgers and hot dogs, or a grill full of ribs and barbequed chicken. Throw on some corn to roast, and you and all of your guests will be set. Don’t forget some watermelon to cool down.


When it comes to drinks, there are a few we love. Of course, our cooler is always stocked with our favorite beers. Shandies with citrus are great for hot weather, or a refreshing lager or Kolsch. Even a hoppy IPA would be fantastic.


If you prefer to go the cocktail route, we have a few suggestions. If you love sangria, you can’t go wrong with a patriotic, frozen sangria. You can use a variety of berries or simply use dye to color different layers.


Mojitos are always refreshing and generally hit the spot on a hot day. And we all know how hot July in Texas is. This recipe combines some of your favorite berries to be beautiful and delicious at the same time.



Check Out Sweetbriar Rose

If you love celebrating holidays as much as we do, we would love for you to celebrate with us! Stop in anytime we are open. Our hours are Thursday and Friday from 10:00-5:00, Saturday from 9:00-6:00, and Sunday from 12:00-5:00. Our staff is friendly and our food delicious. We hope to see you soon!

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