Hello there, dolls! Happy Independence Day weekend! I hope you are able to celebrate safely with friends, or family. In today’s blog post we are going to be discussing some of the fun, and unique ways Americans celebrate.
This year marks the 244th annual Fourth of July celebration. Our country has changed immensely over the years, and so have many of our traditions. In early Fourth of July celebrations, colonists were known to celebrate with family and friends at bonfires, parades, fireworks, and public readings of the Declaration of Independence. They would fire cannons and muskets as a form of celebration, and as an expression of their excitement to be free from Great Britain. Even now, almost 250 years later, a lot of our Independence Day traditions are very similar to what they were back then.
If you are looking for some fun Fourth of July celebration ideas, you have come to the right place!
Taking time as a group to learn flag etiquette, and hanging that Grand Old flag together
American flags are a novelty in the USA. We see them all the time hanging on flag poles and door frames, we see them printed onto t-shirts, hats, and bumper stickers constantly. But, not many Americans really take the time to go through flag etiquette and learn how to handle the flag properly. Here is a great resource for learning flag etiquette, so you and your family can celebrate this holiday in the most patriotic, and respectful way possible.
Going to Parades
Fourth of July parades are just about as All-American as you can get. Many Americans have grown up going to parades in their hometown or city to celebrate their independence. Obviously, this year parades might be a little bit different because of COVID-19. Luckily, many parades can be watched online in the comfort of your own home, or you could see if your local Fourth of July parade has made adjustments for this year in order to keep your town safe.
Fireworks are arguably the most popular Independence Day tradition in America. Sometimes people shoot them off in neighborhoods, or at large parks for crowds to watch. But, this year some communities are taking it into their own hands to keep the tradition alive while keeping their communities safe. Cue “Drive-In Fireworks“! What a fun concept, especially during a time like this. Check your local news to see where you can find the nearest Drive-In Firework show in your area to enjoy with your family.
Burgers, hot dogs, potato salad, and more! Cookouts are such a fun way to celebrate with the people we love. There is something that just screams “Fourth of July” about the smell of a grill cooking our favorite All-American cuisines.
Hosting a Family Baseball Game
Some families have made a tradition of hosting baseball games in their own backyard or at a local park. It is a fun way to celebrate America’s favorite past-time while getting some exercise, and having fun getting competitive!
Making Fourth of July Desserts
Pinterest will be your new best friend when it comes to looking for fun Fourth of July desserts to enjoy. Be prepared to find mouth-watering recipes for delicious treats like Flag Cake, 4th of July Pretzels, Fireworks Oreo Cheesecake, and more!
Supporting the Troops Overseas
Spend some time supporting the troops who are overseas right now. Get in contact with someone who has a husband, wife, child, or friend in the military and ask how to support them best as we celebrate our independence. Soldiers love getting care packages in the mail, so it could be a really special way to celebrate this holiday by serving those who serve our nation.
Wearing Red, White, and Blue
Red, white and blue from head to toe! It is fun to wear our nation’s colors proudly on the day that marks our independence. USA!
Making Patriotic Decor for Your Home
We decorate for Easter, we decorate for Christmas… let’s decorate for the Fourth of July. But, you do not have to spend a fortune to do so. DIY crafts are easy to find online! You can enjoy making them with a friend or with your family to decorate your house and feel the patriotism flowing through your home.
I hope you have the happiest 4th of July, and that you enjoy your weekend, dolls.