As the holiday of Independence Day approaches, many of us are starting to think about how we can celebrate this important day in our country's history. Whether you're planning a party, a family gathering, or just a low-key day at home, there are plenty of ways to make the 4th of July a special occasion. Here are a five ideas to get you started:
Host a backyard BBQ
What better way to celebrate the 4th of July than with a classic American BBQ? Fire up the grill and prepare some burgers, hot dogs, and all the fixings. Don't forget the potato salad, baked beans, and corn on the cob!
Attend a local parade
Many cities and towns host 4th of July parades with floats, marching bands, and other patriotic displays. Check your local events calendar to see if there's a parade happening near you. Wear 4th of July Themed clothing like an American Flag T-shirt and matching patriotic leggings for making festive pictures.
Fireworks are a staple of 4th of July celebrations. If you have a daughter and you're lucky enough to live near a fireworks display, grab some snacks, throw on Stars and Stripes mother-daughter dresses and head out to watch the show. If not, you can always watch a televised fireworks display from the comfort of your own home.
Have a patriotic movie marathon
If you're looking for a more low-key way to celebrate, why not have a movie marathon featuring some of the most patriotic films of all time? Some great options include "Independence Day," "Saving Private Ryan," and "The Patriot."
Make red, white, and blue treats
Get into the spirit of the holiday by making some festive treats in the colors of the American flag. Some ideas include a fruit salad with strawberries, blueberries, and whipped cream, or cupcakes with red and blue frosting and white sprinkles.
No matter how you choose to celebrate, the 4th of July is a great opportunity to come together with family and friends and celebrate our country's independence. Have a happy and safe holiday!