As American as…

The 4th of July. The birthday of the United States of America, it’s a celebration of summer, sunshine, and all the best homegrown traditions. Which got us to thinking: just what exactly IS as American as apple pie? Below are 5 things that couldn’t be more ‘murica if they tried.

5. Barbeque Ribs

Be right back. Salivating.
Be right back. Salivating.

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The debate over who makes the best ribs will never be won. The secret sauces, the best cut of meat, cooking time and temperature: all are elements essential in perfecting this most revered cooking technique. What everyone CAN agree on is this: BBQ is an American art form.

4. Blue Jeans

Should I wear my formal jeans? Or my informal jeans? Or my jorts?
Should I wear my formal jeans? Or my informal jeans? Or my jorts?

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A fashion developed for the hardworking cowboys and miners of the American Old West, since their debut in the 1870s, jeans have taken the world by storm. Perhaps no other clothing item is so instantly identifiable as being ‘American’.

3. Bruce Springsteen

The man. The legend. The Boss.
The man. The legend. The Boss.

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Known for his hard rocking brand of Americana and patriotism, ‘The Boss’ is one of the most successful American rock stars of all time. Both at home and abroad, his songs are evocative of all the best this country has to offer.

2. Baseball

Nice catch.
Nice catch.

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Whether you play in a local league, cheer from the ballpark stands, or just wear baseball caps while running errands, baseball has a place in your life. Though the sport has spread across the world and gained popularity as far away as Japan, baseball will never lose its American roots. Hey batter, swing!

1. Friendliness

Hooray!
Hooray!

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For all our faults (yes, plural) Americans are some of the friendliest, most positive, unendingly hopeful people you can meet. Always eager to meet new people and try new things, Americans are cheerful, opinionated, and, on the whole, good-natured. So on this 4th of July, celebrate your country and all of its amazing culture. Happy bday America!

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