That it takes place in the summer means that weather conditions from sea to shining sea are usually favorable if not excellent. This July 4th, you can make a holiday to remember by celebrating it with gusto.
Decorate Your Home
Independence Day is for decorations, with red, white and blue prominent in the way that we dress and how we decorate our homes. The basic decoration is the US flag and what home doesn’t look great with one?
You can also spice things up by placing bunting along a street facing railing such as a porch. Let the children get in on things by decorating the spokes of their bicycles with ribbons and coloring and positing pictures to celebrate the occasion.
Celebrate With Your Community
Many cities and towns celebrate the 4th by holding a parade. If your community has one, then plan on showing up dressed in your very best patriotic attire.
Make sure that you slather on plenty of sunscreen and wear a wide brim hat. It doesn’t take long to get a burn. Consider brining a sun filtering umbrella with you too as long as you won’t be crowding out your neighbors. Drinks and snacks can help keep everyone comfortable as they cheer each group, band and float.
Discuss the Nation’s Founding
Your youngest children may not understand the country they live in, what it means and its founding. A brief history lesson can help them understand the nation’s formation. Explain how and when your state entered the union.
For older children, such as your teenagers, encourage them to find and read the Declaration of Independence. Bonus points should be given for those that also read the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
Welcome Friends and Family
Why not host a cookout for friends and family this year? You can supply the meats and drinks, condiments, plates and utensils. Ask everyone else to bring their favorite dish, providing enough food to serve each individual present. Encourage your guests to bring a homemade dessert, perhaps holding an apple pie baking contest too.
Hold your cookout from mid-afternoon into the evening when temperatures begin to cool down. If you have a pool, then you have a ready-made entertainment options for your guests. Croquet, badminton, volleyball and bag toss are among the games you can also have on hand.
Head to the Fireworks
If your community has a fireworks display, end your evening by encouraging your guests to accompany your family. Small children and pets, however, should stay at home.
If your town does not offer fireworks, then provide a showing of your own, if legal in your state. At the very least you should be able to light sparklers, fountains and other glowing devices, bringing your patriotic celebration to a perfect ending.
Consider doing something different this 4th of July. A family camping trip, visiting distant relatives or a day at the beach are among your options. Make a week of it and you’ll get your family vacation in too.
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