Independence Day is next week and we are getting excited about barbecues, fireworks, wearing patriotic colors, eating too many hot dogs, and possibly starting new traditions with our families.
Brief Explanation of Independence Day
The Fourth of July is a federal holiday in the US commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence 241 years ago on July 4, 1776. The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America, and were no longer part of the British Empire.
The fourth of July is really a celebration of our nation, our independence, and our freedom. That’s why we celebrate loud and proud and wear patriotic colors. Children can sometimes be overwhelmed by the loud fireworks and chaos and might handle everything better if they get to be involved and have some fun Fourth of July activities to do. Here are 7 activities, suggested by care.com.
- Create a Fourth of July Wand
If your kids like crafts, this is a perfect activity to do with them. Making a patriotic wand is a great way to let them be creative and then they can wave it high and proud during all of their fourth of July celebrations. This patriotic wand is simple, fun and great for the fourth of July.
- Make a Guessing Game Out of The Firework Show
If you’re attending a firework show and think your kids might either be scared or bored, a guessing game might be a fun way for them to enjoy the Fourth of July. Have a scoring sheet and have each person in the family guess how many red, white and blue fireworks there will be. The closest guesser gets a prize.
- Teach Your Kids About the Declaration of Independence (or learn about it with them).
Teaching your kids about the Declaration of Independence can be a great history lesson to teach them that there is a purpose to the holiday. Teach them about who signed the Declaration of Independence, why they signed it and some facts about the signers.
- Host a Fourth of July Bike Parade For Neighborhood Kids
A fun and creative way to get kids excited for the fourth of July is by hosting a parade for the kids. Pass out fliers to the neighbors a few days ahead and have the kids decorate their bike for the morning of the fourth of July. Provide red, white and blue balloons, streamers, glitter and any other decorations you like. Let the kids decorate their bikes and then stage a parade up and down the block. It will be adorable.
- Play Patriotic Games
This can be a really fun thing to do during a hot fourth of July day. It’s a great way to get kids outside to stay active and interact with each other. Set up relay races, water balloon tosses and fights, and pie eating contests. Playing patriotic games on the fourth of July can become a fourth of July tradition for years to come.
- Bake Together
Baking with your kids can be a lot of fun and it’s a great way to bond together and create long-lasting memories. You can make the typical sugar cookies, apple pie, bread pudding or whatever else your family loves on Independence Day.
- Make Balloon Fireworks
Care.com suggests a fun firework confetti balloon craft. It’s an indoor activity that’s creative and simple. Kids will love it. All you need is balloons, confetti, a funnel and some sharpened pencils.
No matter what you decide to do for fourth of July, we hope you have a lot of fun and enjoy your independence in this great country. If your kids happen to get too close to other kids who have head lice and wind up with it themselves, give us a call. We’ll head check your whole family and treat whoever is infested. Happy Fourth of July!