July 4th, or Independence Day, calls for a fun celebration for kids and adults alike. It is a great excuse to decorate your home and throw a party. Here are a few fun ways to celebrate July 4th:
- Red, white, and blue. Decorate your home with American flags and red, white, and blue steamers and balloons. This will help you look and feel patriotic even if you don’t plan to host a special event to celebrate July 4th. When you’re decorating your home, don’t forget to decorate yourself; wear a flag design T-shirt or patriotic earrings. If you have kids, consider face painting in a patriotic theme.
- Baking. Bake cupcakes and top them with star-shaped sprinkles, red white and blue sprinkles, or a flag design. You can also make star-shaped sugar cookies or classic desserts like an apple pie.
- Barbecue party. July 4th is a great time to hold a summer barbecue with hot dogs, hamburgers, and chicken on the barbecue. Gather friends and family together all day long. Although many people associate the Fourth of July with evening activities, your party can start much earlier in the day. If you’re holding the party at your home, that’s all the more reason to go all-out when decorating for July 4th. Use red, white, and blue tablecloths, napkins, and plates to continue your patriotic theme.
- Picnics. If you don’t want to host a barbecue party, have a picnic. Head to the local park and bring a home-cooked meal to share. Spend all day playing in the park or on the beach, getting in some quality family time. You can also plan other family activities like a trip to the zoo or movie theater.
- Light fireworks. You can buy your own fireworks and set them off at home, as long as it’s legal where you live. If you’re holding your own fireworks display, invite the neighbors to join you.
- Fireworks displays. Travel to a large fireworks display. These happen across the country in many cities, and are a great way to gather with your neighbors and friends. If there are no fireworks displays in your area, there may be other events to celebrate the holiday, such as festivals or musical performances.
- Fireworks on TV. Many of the largest holiday fireworks shows are also televised, so you can watch them from the comfort of your home. This is a great option if you don’t want to be out so late at night but don’t want to miss the show.
- Visit historic sites. Depending on where you live, there may be historic sites related to the Revolutionary War that you can visit, especially if you live in New England.
The 4th of July is a great time to get outside and have a great time with your family, friends, and neighborhood. Don’t forget to be patriotic in your celebration.