Celebration Ideas for the Fourth of July
This year, you may be looking for alternatives to fireworks or other traditional Fourth of July celebrations. Whether it’s setting up camp in your own backyard or hitting the road to explore a national park, check out these ideas for making this year’s Independence Day celebration red, white and new.
Plan a Block Party
If you’re looking to bring the festivities to your neighborhood, planning a block party may be the right choice for you. Not only does it keep the celebration close to home, but it’s a great way to meet or get to know your neighbors better. First, ask your surrounding neighbors if they’re into the idea, and then don’t forget to check with your local municipality about permits or other ordinances, recommends Taste of Home magazine.
Once you’ve confirmed who would like to participate, think of the different elements you’ll bring to the party, such as music, games (for example, a water balloon toss or relay race) and food. Planning a potluck may be a good way to ensure there will be a variety of food to go around, says Taste of Home magazine.
Set Up Camp in Your Backyard
Keep the celebration right outside the door by camping out in your own backyard. A perk to this celebration idea is that you may already have many items to accommodate a backyard campout, says Parents.com — besides a tent, think sleeping bags and blankets, pillows and flashlights. And then, consider taking it up a notch by firing up the grill for dinner, building a campfire and making s’mores, and telling stories around the fire.
Declare It a Craft Day
If rain is predicted, or you simply want to stay inside, make it a craft day. If you have children, consider kid-friendly crafts like homemade confetti poppers or festive pinwheels, says Country Living magazine. Or, consider something a little more complex like making a do-it-yourself red, white and blue wreath that you can hang on the door. Whatever you choose, make sure to stock up on supplies ahead of time.
Take a Road Trip
A road trip can be a great way to discover new destinations and make memories. Depending on where you live, traffic might be a little more hectic this time of year, so first and foremost, be sure to plan ahead and do your research.
If you’re looking to enjoy the outdoors, Travel & Leisure magazine states that Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota, Congaree National Park in South Carolina and North Cascades National Park in Washington offer stunning scenery and are a few of the least-visited parks in the country. Or, if you’d like to bask in some of the nation’s rich history, consider the Williamsburg, Virginia, area and visit the American Revolution Museum, recommends Travel & Leisure.
Whether you’re looking to start a new Independence Day tradition or just want to change things up this year, these tips can help you bring fun to the celebration. Remember to plan ahead so you can have a fun, happy and safe July Fourth.
Originally published on July 8, 2014.