by Carole Brown
A summer celebration time that combines fun and patriotism, for kids and adults, with activities and more serious contemplation. Here’s some thoughts on experiencing all this with your family.
- Display the American flag. Allow children to attach one to their bike or scooter. Display one from your house or garden. String a row (banner) of flags around the yard for a party.
- Obtain a copy of the constitution and read it to your children or family. Discuss it with your family. Explain details not understood. This is an important part of our country’s history.
- Dress up patriotically. Wear clothes that have the U.S. flag design on them, or choose to wear the red, white and blue. You can have a lot of fun trying to look as patriotic as possible using just these colors.
- Have someone to draw the flag on your cheek or hand with washable finger paint
- Wear a flag pin on your clothes
- Paint the US flag on your nails
- Watch a local 4th of July parade in your community or city. Get into the parade spirit by waving back at the participants or clapping as U.S. veterans pass by.
- Enjoy a barbecue or picnic with family or friends. Get together around at least 1 pm or so to spend the afternoon together. Enjoy the foods of your choice but don’t forget the traditional fourth foods like hamburgers, hot dogs, watermelon and an American flag cake.
- Travel. Both on the fourth of July and the days around it, there will be a number of festivities, fireworks displays, and other fun you can join in depending on where you live. If you’re traveling, check on the suggestions below for a festive time with family and friends
- Boston has six days of celebrations: Take a hike along Boston’s Freedom Trail, watch the annual turning of the USS Constitution, attend Chowderfest, watch the reading of the Declaration of Independence from the balcony of the Old State House, and enjoy the annual Boston Harborfest. And there is the holiday concert by the Boston Pops at night plus fireworks.
- Philadelphia‘s festivities last for around a week. Visit the Liberty Bell, see the historic sites in Independence Mall, and enjoy the 4th of July parade and fireworks.
- In Washington D.C., you can watch the National Independence Day Parade on Constitution Avenue and enjoy the fireworks displays above Washington Monument and the Capitol while at the grounds for the popular and nationally televised A Capitol Fourth, broadcast on PBS and AFN Television.
- Visit Valley Forge National Park.
- Mount Rushmore is a great place to celebrate. You can see the fireworks and other commemorative events.
- In San Diego, head for Mission and Pacific beaches and watch the fireworks after dark.
- In New York, make sure to attend the Macy’s 4th of July Spectacular event, with live music from the US Air Force Band and Orchestra, fireworks and performances by US artists. Or visit the National 9/11 Museum at the Ground Zero site to honor the victims of 9/11 and the armed forces fallen of recent conflicts.
- And don’t forget your smaller town celebrations. Heartfelt and interesting, you’ll find many things to do there too!
7. Make crafts for Independence Day. If you have children, it’s an ideal time to
make crafts together to celebrate the day. Check Pinterest or other online places for suggestions and ideas.
- Make an American Flag Lapel Pin.
- Make a Homemade Paper Weight and paint it with patriotic designs and colors.
- Make a homemade card and use a patriotic theme and colors to design the cover and contents.
- Make a yarn wreath using patriotic yarn colors.
- Make glowing star lamp in patriotic colors and hang up at your celebratory party.
8. Enjoy the fireworks! It’s an awesome time to spend with family and friends.
Have a wonderful and safe holiday!