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10 Ways to Enjoy the 4th of July Outdoors this Summer

Are you looking to up the fun factor on Independence Day? Well, you should check out this list of great ideas. Here are ten ways to enjoy the 4th of July this summer.

1. Have a Picnic with Family and Friends

You can grab various items from your favorite restaurants and delis and lay out an impressive spread for your group. Think about activities you could facilitate before and after eating, too. A picnic is an activity that most anyone you know will enjoy.

2. Host a Community Cook-off

You also could think about hosting a community cookoff. Be sure to grab small trophies and/or ribbons for cook-off winners to be awarded. Invite your family, friends, and neighbors. Reach out to your local elected officials to see if they also will attend. These community leaders could serve as your food judges, too.

3. Watch and/or Shoot Fireworks

Fireworks are very popular for the 4th of July. There likely are some impressive fireworks displays near you. Shooting fireworks is now legal for you in 46 states and in DC. But before you gather your loved ones for this activity, you must remember these considerations. Be sure to take into account the ages of those in your group and be certain to pay special attention to overall safety.

4. Schedule a Day at the Beach

You also could look into organizing a visit to the beach. As part of extended travel or just a day trip, a visit to the beach could be very rewarding. While there, you should break for some local seafood, too. You have all kinds of cool beach activities that can work up your appetite. Kayaking, paddleboarding, snorkeling, and swimming are some of the recreational options you and your group can enjoy.

5. Charter a Boat for Your Group

If you are wanting to head to the water, you should think about chartering a boat for the day. To make your outing even more interesting, you could work in some freshwater or saltwater fishing. Think, too, about how much fun it would be to watch from your boat fireworks being shot nearby. If you have not ever watched fireworks from the water, this is an activity you really should consider.

6. Visit an Amusement Park or Waterpark

There are some incredible amusement parks and waterparks out there for you. For those of you with kids, these are outings children will love. Amusement parks today have more exhilarating rides than ever, and they usually host 4th of July celebrations. Waterparks can be just as fun for your party, and they, too, usually host Independence Day celebrations.

7. Organize a Softball or Kickball Game

Look into organizing a softball or kick game. Talk to your local parks and recreation department to see what options you might have in your community. Also, don’t forget to order some commemorative t-shirt jerseys for your Red team and Blue team.

8. Plan and Host a Scavenger Hunt

If you have ever taken part in a scavenger hunt, then you know how much fun they can be. On the 4th of July, you could have an even better time. Try to tie in some history lessons about the holiday and you ask your neighbors and community contacts to participate, too.

9. Try Out River Recreation

Maybe you would like to book something in the great outdoors. Have you considered all your different river recreation options? Take time to see if something like American River floating would be a good option for you and your loved ones.

10. Go Camping or Glamping

Another outdoor activity that could be fun on the 4th of July is camping. But if you are not really into the idea of sleeping in a tent under the stars, you also could look into staying in a camper or RV. Some destinations even offer you an all-inclusive glamping experience. That might be a hit for you, too.

Your Best 4th Yet

Each idea above is sure to be a hit with pretty much anyone, and you have some really incredible options. No matter which outdoor activity you choose, you can have the best 4th yet. Enjoy this time with your family and friends and be sure to let freedom ring!

Tim Esterdahl

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