July 4th is for fireworks, BBQs, family and friends. Make sure it's extra special with 4 big ideas that will keep everyone happy all day long.
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Use your mid-week day off and take a day trip. If you live near a beach, that's a no-brainer, but even if you don't, there are other options. Celebrate the meaning of the day and visit a National Park. Many people don't realize how many there are, or how diverse their offerings. Ranging from historical monuments to natural wonders, many National Parks have special activities on July 4th, so it's worth clicking here to find out what's near you.
Or if you're looking for a different kind of adventure, head on over to a local amusement park. We were lucky enough to try the Twisted Cyclone, a new roller coaster at Six Flags Over Georgia. It drops you ten stories, flips you upside down three times and twists you through a 360-degree zero gravity roll. It was the ultimate thrill. But if you don't live near Atlanta, there's new rides at all Six Flags locations and lots of adrenaline-rushing fun to be had at parks all over the country.
If you are hosting a party or going to one, you can bring the traditional flag cake or top a blueberry/strawberry fruit salad with whipped cream. But if you really want to show off your patriotic spirit, prep something more interesting, like a grilled potato salad that uses a combo of red, white and blue potatoes. Or a plate of nachos that are red (chopped tomatoes, red beans, salsa) and white (sour cream & any white cheese you prefer, such as Monterey jack, cotijo or queso blanco) on top of blue corn tortillas.
Make sure the cocktails are also July 4th appropriate by mixing a red, white & blue signature drink.
Every year, on July 4th, we forget how late the fireworks start and how restless the kids get. Not this year! Classic games, like Jenga, Connect 4, Dominos, Yard Dice, Chess & Cards, now come in giant sizes, made to be played outside. Jenga reaches over 5' tall and Connect 4 is over 3' wide. Pair that with Corn Hole or outdoor bowling, and you'll have the perfect bit of nostalgia to keep young - and old - happy.
As the sky gets dark, many people pull out glow sticks to light the night. But these one-time-use plastics are not great for the environment and fade out quickly. This year, try something more impressive - with an easy DIY glow project. You can make Glowing Bubbles by mixing bubble solution with washable glow paint or glow-in-the-dark solution.
And for the best way to decorate the yard, spray rocks with glow-in-the-dark spray paint. This will make Glow-In-The Dark Pebbles that you can lay out in a pattern in your yard or a path down your walkway. The surprise will appear right before you head out to the fireworks.
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Spending time with family and watching the fireworks display!
I might go out with my family and friends to the park to watch some fireworks.
I will be working all day.Fortunately I will be home in time for Fireworks💞💕💞🎇🎆🎇🎆🎊🎊
Hanging at my sisters home, having bbq and watching fireworks from here front yard.
We are heading home to be with family. Looking forward to it!
Fireworks in the rain, family time, and of course, pizza!!! A very American holiday celebration.
BBQ and fireworks
I am smoking a Boston Butt for some good barbeque, and other than good eating I plan on just enjoying time with the family in the pool.
We are celebrating the 4th of July over the weekend of the 7th. Looking forward to relaxing, grilling, and enjoying family.
I'm celebrating the 4th with the family by the pool with some good BBQ and conversation.
Our 4th of July will consist of a July 4th 5k race, followed by biking, swimming, and boating with family and then a picnic and fireworks in the evening! I'm looking forward to all the activities and time spent with family.
stay at home and keep the dogs secure
Seeing the fireworks on the boardwalk with family and friends after a BBQ
For Fourth of July every year we celebrate my daughters birthday. Her birthday is July 9th so it makes it easier. Every year she gets to spend the day with her two best friends and have fun. We do some fun party games and activity?s. This year we?re going to play in the pool and paint bird houses. Then we have burgers and other food on the grill. Once everybody is done eating we walk over to the parade. When the parade ends we come back to enjoy cake. Later that night we watch fireworks and will play with bubbles and glow sticks. This year for the party favors I got everybody a sand bucket, bird house, glow sticks, bubbles, and a water spray bottle. They can use all of their party favors the day of the party to stay cool and have fun.
Running a 5 miler and watching the town?s parade!