New Traditions: Top Tips to Help Your Family Make This July 4th Unique & Fun

The 4th of July is all about colorful fireworks, flavorful popsicles, and fun times. Although there are some standard 4th of July activities that people love to do—think fireworks in the backyard and grilled hamburgers—those aren’t the only options. If you’re looking for unique and fun activities for your celebration this year, you might just love these ideas!

Fun Drinks

Independence Day often proves to be a scorcher. That being the case, you’ll want to have plenty of different kinds of drinks on hand if you’re celebrating with family members of different ages. The U.S. News and World Report suggests making some sangria for the celebration. It tastes great and can be made with inexpensive wine. The kids can even have their own non-alcoholic sangria. You can make that by mixing together one of the sugar-free flavored syrups, like those from Monin, with a bit of Kool-Aid. Add slices of fruit to both the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Help your guests know the difference by making the adults’ sangria red. Opt for a blue raspberry Kool-Aid for the kids.

Volunteer

In reality, the original Independence Day was about sacrifice and bravery. You can add a different spin on the holiday by asking your family and friends to pick a worthy cause and volunteer. A cool type of volunteer activity would include the spirit of the holiday in some way. Perhaps you and yours could visit the local VA and bring flowers and treats. It’d be uplifting for them and beneficial for your kids to see a different connection to the holiday than just some fireworks and hot dogs.

Have a Parade

Kids love to dress up, and the 4th of July gives them an opportunity to do just that, with a twist. Invite your kids’ friends to create red, white, and blue costumes. You can make a day of it by providing some white T-shirts and T-shirt paint. Once their costumes are done, walk with them around the neighborhood on the morning of Independence Day. You can buy miniature flags and other Independence-Day-related swag for them to carry and even pass out to the neighbors.

Get the Block Involved

The Fourth of July often means celebrating with family and close friends, but it doesn’t have to be a small celebration. Why not rope off the streets and invite the neighbors to a block party? If you don’t think you can foot the bill for the whole thing, you can work together with the neighbors to have a potluck, using one or more of the ideas here. For some extra fun, go as a group to your city’s fireworks display to celebrate the holiday.

Host a Revolutionary War Reenactment

To help the younger members of your family to understand the significance of the 4th of July, it’s important to take them back in time. To them, it’s probably just a day where everyone shoots off fireworks and has a lot of fun in the middle of the summer. However, it is much more than that and you can show them that! You can get together some costumes that they can wear and reenact certain scenes from the war that led to our country’s independence from Great Britain. Some scenes that they might have fun role playing from that time period are:

  • Paul Revere’s Ride
  • Boston Tea Party
  • Battle of Lexington
  • The Surrender at Yorktown

The 4th of July is a time when we get together and celebrate our independence. Often, people will celebrate with family and close friends. Sometimes, the party is extended to a greater community. Regardless, the tone of the celebration should be fun and allow everyone to connect.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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