Independence Day is an occasion that every family should celebrate as a tremendous event each year. The day marks our country’s earliest beginnings as the great nation on earth. Why not take it up a notch and find the best possible ways to spend this day with your family?
1. Read the Declaration of Independence
Sure, kids might think it is dull to listen to a 237-year-old document, but it is an important tradition to begin with your family. The Declaration can be read during any time of the day, such as before a family meal or just as the family is gathering to go out. As they age, the children will begin to appreciate this yearly practice and just may continue it with their own families.
2. Join a Community Celebration
Most communities host at least one celebration to observe the Fourth of July. Find out what is offered in your town and make plans to take part. These events are often free and open to the public. Generally, they are made with families in mind.
3. See a Summer Blockbuster
It is a modern day tradition to watch feature films on Independence Day. Many of Hollywood’s biggest movies are released near July 4th, which gives your family the perfect opportunity to catch a film together. Don’t forget the popcorn!
4. Throw Your Own Party
It can be as simple as a barbecue with friends or as elaborate as a neighborhood-wide get-together. Throwing a Fourth of July party is a fun and festive way to show everyone you know just how important the day is to you. Decorate simply with red, white, and blue and serve traditional American food like hot dogs and apple pie. Don’t forget to take the age of your guests into consideration. Handheld fireworks may not be appropriate for the youngest ones, but renting a bounce house works for almost everybody.
5. Take a Historic Vacation
Nothing says celebrate like a vacation to the landmarks that were most important to the founding of our country. Visit Philadelphia, which is rife with celebration this time of the year. New York City is well known for its July 4th fireworks show. For something a little more low key, go to Colonial Williamsburg where you can see firsthand what life was like for the earliest U.S. citizens.