America's Independence Day, more commonly known as the Fourth of July, is an exciting holiday full of fun traditions, great food, and good times with both family and friends. There are so many opportunities for celebration on this day that it might be difficult to choose what you will attend or how you will celebrate, but here are a few ideas and thoughts of how you can make lasting memories on your Fourth of July.
You might want to check your local newspaper for any Independence Day parades in your area. Most towns will have some sort of parade down the main street earlier in the morning, around nine or ten. These are fun opportunities to see various people from the community and make lots of noise! Parades are a lot of fun with children too, because there is usually candy thrown out or balloons, pens, stickers, and other prizes. Depending on where you are and the extensiveness of the parade, the floats and parades walkers could be very entertaining. Independence Day parades are definitely a good way to start the day.
If you're lucky enough to have good weather for the Fourth of July, it's always great to get together with family and friends for a picnic. Outdoor games such as tennis, bocce ball, softball, or soccer might be some things you could play. If it's hot, you can pull out the water balloons and get wet! You also might want to check out local community events at churches or schools which might have things like face painting, inflatables, contests, and other fun things to keep you busy all afternoon. Most of all, it's just good to hang out with those you love, laughing and having a great time.
As it gets closer to dinner, you're mouth will begin to water, for July Fourth is known for the amazing foods. Though you might have your own unique traditions, traditional Independence Day fare includes grilled burgers and hot dogs, watermelon, potato chips and dip, corn on the cob, macaroni or potato salad, and plenty of desserts. Feel free to grab second helpings as well!
To finish the celebration, you might consider going to a local baseball game if they have one in the area. These events are always finished with fireworks. If you're not into sports or your town doesn't have something going on for the holiday, find somewhere to watch the fireworks display. There will surely be many around the community. Grab a blanket, some bug spray, and perhaps even some ice cream, and sit back and enjoy the show.