Luxury Corporate Lodging would like to share with you a few Fourth of July facts and a few great recipes you may want to try while celebrating this year’s holiday.

4th of July Facts

  • Massachusetts became the first state to make the 4th of July an official state holiday in 1781.
  • The Liberty Bell in Philadelphia is tapped 13 times every July 4th in honor of the original 13 colonies.
  • Americans spend more than $1 billion on fireworks annually.
  • Americans consume approximately 150 million hot dogs every July 4th.
  • There are approximately 16,000 Independence Day fireworks displays that take place each year.


Red-White & Bang Charcuterie Board
You will need all of the following ingredients:
  • Cutting board or plank of wood: which will all be red
  • Cheese, almost all of which will be white
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables, red and blue
  • Crackers
  • Dried fruit
  • Nuts
  • Pickles and other briny accompaniments
  • Sweet spreads or honey
Easy Pesto Tortellini Pasta Salad
  1. Bring a large pot of water a rolling boil. Add in tortellini. Do NOT cook tortellini according to package instructions. Instead, boil for exactly 1 and 1/2 minutes. Then drain and rinse with cold water.
  2. Place drained tortellini in a large bowl. Add in pesto, tomatoes, onion, and mozzarella. Toss to coat.
  3. Serve at once, or cover and place in the fridge until needed.
Banana Split Pops
  1. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Cut the ends off of each banana to level the sides, then cut in half. Insert a popsicle stick into each banana piece and place on prepared baking sheet. Freeze for 2 hours.
  3. In a medium microwave-safe bowl, combine chocolate chips and coconut oil and microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring in between, until completely melted. Pour sprinkles into another small bowl.
  4. Dip the top of each frozen banana in chocolate, then roll the melted chocolate tip around in sprinkles. Return to baking sheet and freeze until the chocolate is firm, about 15 minutes.
  5. Top each pop with whipped cream and garnish with a maraschino cherry.
We would like to wish you and your family a safe and happy Independence Day!
-The Luxury Corporate Lodging Team