Unique Ways to Get the Most Out of the 4th of July

The epitome of summer is just around the corner! Are you ready? Do you know of the best 4th of July traditions?

I’m looking forward to it more than ever because we NEED excuses to celebrate in 2020. We’ll take any reason to have fun these days.

Plus, amazing relationships come from having intentional and undistracted time together, and holidays are such a great built-in way to do that!

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As an adult, the 4th of July is a great time to sample summer eats, spend time with people we love, and celebrate the awesomeness of our country.

Add kids into the mix and it can be truly magical, and just one more way to create those lasting childhood memories. So, let’s explore the best traditions for the 4th of July!

10 Splendid 4th of July Traditions

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1. Make Fireworks Special

Most of us already take the time to do or see some fireworks. So, while you wait for them, open up Pandora or another app and listen to some American themed songs.

Or make your own playlist! Favorites Include:

  • “America” by Simon & Garfunkel
  • “God Bless the USA” by Lee Greenwood
  • “Party in the USA” by Miley Cyrus
  • “Born in the USA” by Bruce Springsteen
  • “American Saturday Night” by Brad Paisley
  • “American Woman” by Lenny Kravitz
  • “American Pie” by Don Mclean

Check out this article for your best patriotic playlist.

If kids are around, be sure to break out the glow sticks and catch fireflies, and of course, don’t forget the snacks. Waiting for fireworks is half the fun!

During the show, snuggle up together. Discuss your favorites and even name them as you see them. The fun is in using imagination and coming up with the best names!

2. Go Someplace Unique to You

This is the most flexible of the best 4th of July traditions, so make it your own! Choose a special spot that you go to every year with your family or friends. Maybe it’s a hike at a local lake, or a lunch picnic, or hitting up a nearby ice cream shop.

Find something that everyone will look forward to and make it a new tradition! The sky is the limit on this one, and you don’t have to wait for night to have fun.

3. Read the Declaration of Independence

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This holiday is about America, so what better way to celebrate it than to discuss its history. What do you know about how this country was made?

Check out the Declaration of Independence and add a little learning into the day. Plus, it will foster some great discussion and appreciation amongst everyone.

4. Check Out a Parade

Parades are in full force on this day. So, if you love the idea of getting some fresh air with family and friends, check out your local festivities. Don’t forget your lawn chairs and cooler.

5. Have a Cookout

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If there’s ever a time to get the grill going this is it! Nothing represents summer like the 4th of July!

So, get those hamburgers and hotdogs grilling and enjoy all of the traditional summertime produce like corn on the cob and watermelon. Invite someone over (if you can) and make it memorable.

6. Play Outdoor Games

Don’t forget the games at that cookout! This is a perfect time to teach the kids how to play or get a hardcore adult game going. We rarely think to put out our outdoor games, so this is a great reminder to be playful during our holiday time!

Fun, inexpensive, and EASY games include:

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7. Break Out the Special Food

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And, of course, what’s a holiday without food! Insist on some easy patriotic food for this day.

Remember though, this does not HAVE to mean tons of sugar and food coloring. Luckily, blueberries and strawberries make just the right colors! So, get out some fruit with whipped cream, make yogurt pops, popsicles, or a homemade fruit pie.

There are tons of simple, healthy recipes on the internet. Or, check out my Pinterest board HERE for some wholesome patriotic treat ideas!

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8. Take a Patriotic Family Photo

Document your good times with a photo of whomever you spend the day with.

If you do this every year, you’ll have a terrific snapshot of the unforgettable memories that were made and the way your tribe changed throughout the years.

9. Hang Your Flag

Regardless of our political beliefs and backgrounds, we are crazy blessed to call this country our home. So, show a little pride, and put out a flag or banner.

It’s a fantastic reminder of how lucky we are to live in a country where we have the freedoms that we do and the sacrifices that others make for it.

10. Try Some New Kid Activities

4th of July activities: Scavenger Hunt for Independence Day

Lastly, do some fun 4th of July activities with the kids! This cute scavenger hunt from Moritz Fine Designs will keep them busy.

Or break out the crafts. We love making firework paintings on this day. If you find some bright neon paint, it even looks awesome on black construction paper. It’s a super simple activity that doesn’t require much clean up!

Related Post: 100 Easy Summer Activities for Kids

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Something to Consider

For us, the 4th of July is always evolving. We hang our flag and do a craft earlier in the day. Later, we go over to a friend’s house for a cookout and have fun with fireworks. Or, I should say the men have fun playing with fire!

This year, I’d like to add more of the above traditions (a picnic) to earlier in the day as well.

Finally, enjoy the engaging day with people you love. The simplest moments are breathtaking if we take the time to savor them.

What do you think are the best 4th of July traditions? Do you do anything that’s special or unique for the day? I’d love to know!

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