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It is coming up on the most epic of holidays, Fourth of July! Up here in Wisconsin we like our Fourth celebrations. At almost every Fourth of July picnic there is the scrumptious chicken salad. More often than not this salad has a terrific dose of walnuts in it. Which I agree makes for a tasty dish, but also a deadly one for my son who is allergic to tree nuts. So I like to make a classic chicken salad without the nuts and enjoy it with my whole family.
Our Fourth of July celebrations actually start on the 3rd of July where we all collect downtown with our cocktails. I mean what’s a Fourth without cocktails? This is when we stake out our spots for the parade the next morning. Yes you heard me right in my hometown we have a parade on the morning of the Fourth. This parade is so popular you need to come the night before to claim your spot along the parade route. The city doesn’t allow you to place your chairs until 7:00 pm the night before, but never said anything about writing your spot in sidewalk chalk a little earlier. Then by 7:05 all the chairs are placed and left along the street overnight.
The Big Day!
The next morning we head off to a friend’s house for a breakfast gathering, stay as long as we can without missing the beginning of the parade. We head downtown for the parade which lasts about 3 hours. I’m telling we are serious about this holiday. Afterwards it’s off to the local park where drum and bugle corps entertain, kids run and squeal in joy and many a picnic is had. Then head out to another get together at a family member’s pool. Where babies can finally nap, mom’s can go pee, and kids can cool off in the pool. Later that night it’s back to the park for some fireworks and a few mosquito bites.
This has been the way I have celebrated the Fourth of July as far back as I can remember. It is one of my favorite holiday traditions. I moved out of state for 5 years and came back to it every year. I now live in a different town with it’s own Fourth of July hoopla but nothing compares to my hometown.
So if you are celebrating this Fourth and you happen to have a member of your celebration that’s sporting a tree nut allergy. Help a fellow no-nutter out and make your classic chicken salad without nuts. Follow the recipe below and enjoy a tasty Tuesday!
Happy Fourth of July!
If you are in the US let me know how you celebrate our country’s independence in the comments below. If you are from outside the US how does your country celebrate it’s independence?