Independence Day in the United States is one of the biggest days for buying and eating meat of the year. People are spending the day outside eating hamburgers, hot dogs, and pretty much anything else that can be thrown on the grill. But eating lots of meat is terrible for your body and for the environment. It contributes to water shortages and global warming in ways that are more dramatic than anything humans can do on their own. Just this one day can be a huge strain on the Earth. So Independence From Meat Day is celebrated on the same day as Independence Day to encourage people to stand out from the crowd and avoid meat just for one day.