Ideas for 4th of July Celebrations

float Independence Day is just around the corner in the US! What are your plans for the 4th of July? Most of us will go to the beach or the park or have a cook out at home. And then of course fire works after dark, if your area has them. Do you want to make this year special and more memorable?

I’m all for keeping with your traditions. Traditions are important for binding families together.

But you can add some fun new things to your holiday to make it extra special.

Of course the easiest thing to do is decorate with red, white and blue. If you were going to have a picnic, instead of the usual plastic tablecloth and white paper plates, get everything in red, white and blue.

You can even have your food in some of these colors. Have you seen the sheet cakes that look like the flag? They have white frosting, with blueberries for the blue part, and red licorice sticks for the red stripes. So easy and so cute.

You can have a 4th of July costume party and have everyone dress as our founding fathers. Although if you live in a very hot area, costumes might be a little uncomfortable.

Since it is so hot this time of year, if you have a pool or are near a lake or beach, there are plenty of fun things to do on (and in) the water. One of the most fun things my kids used to do was to have a water balloon fight with their friends.

Speaking of kids, one of my favorite sites for things to do with your kids for Independence day is http://www.apples4theteacher.com/holidays/fourth-of-july/ You can find games, coloring pages, even recipes for the 4th of July.

For the adults, make sure you have music playing, maybe play some Wii games, poker or board games. If you have an outdoor party that will go on through the evening, hang some of those tiny little white  Christmas lights around your deck or patio.

Whatever you do, try to find some ways to add some extra pizazz to it. Make it memorable. Start some new traditions.

How do you celebrate the 4th of July?

Cathy

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