Families often have a healthy appreciation for positive traditions on patriotic holidays, but to get your kids involved and excited about these great traditions there are some great ideas on how to inspire your kids. When it comes to American holidays, Independence Day is big, one of the biggest of the entire year. The fourth of July is a day to celebrate our nation’s independence, but also to create a bonding experience as a family. Here are some great ideas we found on sheknows.com for ways to make this 4th a memorable one!
Watch a parade
Most communities have some sort of parade, 5K walk/run or special event happening for the 4th of July. Check your city’s event calendar to find out what’s going on in your area. Many of these events require you to sign up in advance, so plan ahead. If there isn’t a parade in your community, you can put together a mini parade in your own neighborhood. Dress up the kids in red, white and blue attire and give them flags to carry as they march around the block singing “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Kids can also decorate their scooters and bicycles and parade around the neighborhood.
Head to the park
Spend the day at the park, beach or lake with your kids on the 4th of July. Even though the fireworks don’t happen until after dusk, there’s plenty to do during the day. Pack a picnic, bring a Frisbee and just enjoy some time outdoors with your family.
Plan a patriotic getaway
Many people enjoy planning a family vacation around the 4th of July holiday week. Why not plan ahead and visit some historical places to celebrate America’s founding? A trip to visit historical landmarks is a great way to celebrate.
Create 4th of July crafts
Get crafty on the 4th of July. Sit down with your kids and make American flag tissue paper wreaths, a DIY 4th of July banner and other creative and patriotic 4th of July crafts. Making crafts together is great for family bonding.
Host a patriotic sing-along
Who doesn’t love to belt out “The Star-Spangled Banner” or “You’re a Grand Old Flag?” If you are hosting a gathering for the 4th of July, do your homework ahead of time. Find the lyrics for several patriotic songs and print enough copies to share.
Host a potluck barbecue
Host a backyard summer barbecue for family, friends and neighbors. You don’t need to do all the cooking yourself. Make it a potluck. You can supply the meat and your guests can pitch in with side dishes, desserts and drinks.