The Fourth of July, also known as Independence Day, was created to celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain.
It’s the day that the thirteen American colonies became the United States of America, so it’s fitting that the way the holiday is typically celebrated today is with some of Americans’ typical favorite activities. Here are seven of the most fun, yet affordable, ways to celebrate independence.
See a Free Show
Fireworks displays are perhaps the most well known Fourth of July activities with cities around the country hosting their own sometimes huge displays. They’re usually free too, and you can enjoy them from anywhere you can get a good view. If you live on a city near a river, watching them from a boat on the water is one of the best locations.
Many towns also hold parades, carnivals and other events that feature live music, food vendors and more. Do a quick online search for events in your area to find out what’s going on.
… Or Create Your Own
If you’d rather not make a trip to see a fireworks show or if you don’t live near one, you can still enjoy fireworks on the fourth. Although different states have differing laws regarding purchasing and setting off fireworks, you can usually have at least a small scale fireworks show in your own backyard.
Homemade fireworks shows are an exciting event for people all ages. Young kids can even join in the fun by using sparklers, which are safe but still a ton of fun.
Host a Picnic
You can include fireworks in this plan, but if you’d like to make a day of it, host a picnic and invite friends and family over for a classic American backyard cookout. You could organize a neighborhood block party as well or tell your friends to meet you at a local park.
If you’d like to cut down on prep work, ask everyone to bring a dish to share or a game to play such as volleyball, cornhole and other fun outdoor games. You can then spend the day enjoying good company, food and the, hopefully, sunny weather.
Enjoy the Outdoors
July Fourth is a perfect opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors, since it’s in the middle of summer. If the weather is nice, head out to the trails and enjoy a hike, bike ride, rock climbing trip or other type of outdoor adventure.
If you want a more relaxed outdoors excursion, you could head to a local park or a local restaurant, café or bar where you can sit outside and enjoy your food, drink and conversation with friends.
Take a Trip
If there’s a trip you’ve been wanting to take, Independence Day might be the perfect opportunity. The beach, lake and pool are all popular Fourth of July destinations, since they’re ideal locations for relaxing and cooling off from the summer heat.
If the weather’s not as nice or you’re not a beach person, you could head to a nearby museum, landmark, shopping center or restaurant. Many larger places are open on the holiday, but it’s best to call or check online before you go to make sure.
Organize a Game
America’s favorite pastime is another activity that’s perfect for your July Fourth Celebration. All you need is somewhere to play, a bit of equipment and some friends. Lots of parks, schools and churches have baseball fields or you could improvise one in your backyard.
If baseball’s not your thing, there are plenty of other options. You could organize a game of basketball, football, soccer, ultimate Frisbee or whatever your favorite sport is.
Hold a Costume Contest
If you want to get a little creative with your celebration, host a competition for the best patriotic costume or outfit among your friends. You can use this idea to make your Independence Day picnic or party a bit more festive.
You could simply deck yourself out in red, white and blue or dress up like an important American historical figure. You might also choose to dress up as a famous symbol of the USA, such as the statue of liberty, Uncle Sam or a bald eagle. Just get creative! You could also offer a fun prize to the winner of the contest.
Whichever activity (or activities) you choose to participate in on the Fourth of July, just be sure to make the most of it, have fun and be safe. Happy Fourth!