With July 4 around the corner, the preparations have started. The barbeque grills are out, the shops have adorned themselves with the pretty blues and reds. People are going out on the streets singing songs that best glorify this heroic day. Everybody has gotten their outfits coordinated with the face paint ready. This day is a celebration for America like no other. In many states of the USA, there are several traditions associated with this day. People often go to parks and libraries since these are the most active hotspots of the celebration that this day holds.
Everybody has a different way of celebrating this day and you would be fascinated to see how innovative you can get when all dived in this merrymaking. To help you explore better, here is a list of things that you can do to make this day more memorable.
Bake patriotic dishes and desserts
July 4 can never be complete without some red, blue, and white. People bake apple pies because it is lucky. You could have a barbeque delight, hot dog party, wedges, fries, and burgers. America is known for its versatility in its food, especially around the time of the year when the entire nation is happily celebrating yet another year since its independence. Eat and have fun.
Watch a patriotic movie
How often do you get the time to kick back with a movie that reminds you of how people, before you worked, do you could see the day you do. I am guessing, barely. Once a year, gather your family and pick out a few movies. They could either be directed towards educating your children on how the freedom fighters worked or they could be feel-good movies. The ones that tell you how great America is. This also instills conversations and discussions, and everybody gets to learn more about their history and how they came to be. Look at older pictures, know more about your former presidents. Once a year, make yourself feel proud for being a part of such a great country.
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Go for a long stroll
Take out time to go out for a walk. Look at what other people are doing. If there is a parade going on, take part in it. One of the best things you can do on Independence Day is donated. To acknowledge that you are blessed and happy and capable enough to help others is a trait not very common. Be the person who makes people around you happy. Donate to an orphanage or an LGBTQ supporting charity. You should do it as much as you can but especially on July 4. This is the day your whole existence came to being. It is overwhelming when you share it with other people. It makes you responsible when you look beyond your comfort. Go out of your way and help people celebrate this day as happily as you.
Spend time on craft
This works best if you have kids. Or if you are a teenager, gather friends with you. Get on with some fun holiday crafts. Make flags and paint portraits of famous personalities. You might not be good at art but is this really about that? This is more about creativity and imagination. Paint your flower pots in blue and red. Make hand ribbons matching the national flag. Dedicate July 4 entirely to your country. Surround yourself with things that keep reminding you of how grateful you are to be born in the USA.
End the day with fireworks
July 4 is one of those days where Americans spend billions on fireworks. The celebration once starts and can continue for days sometimes. Go out on a car ride and witness the colorful skies. Birmingham, Alabama records the most active firework session in the whole of America. You could join in the fun too! Set off fireworks but do consider the environment.
Enjoy with the fireworks, do not make the city go blur. If you do not want to join in, you could go to your roof. Kick back with a hot coffee and the cool dishes you prepared and enjoy the sky shine vibrantly.
The point of everything that you do should be to make you happy. You do not want to be glum and waste your time regretting what you could have done. Do it now. Make your weekend yours. This is an opportunity that you get once a year. Cut off from work and college and just celebrate the day for what it is. Feel grateful for the people around you. Dance to music and sing songs that appreciate your country and its culture.
Your country gives you everything and this day is a way to be thankful. Do not make it look like one of the regular days. Make it special. Go around on your bike waving your flag. Laugh and enjoy this day to the fullest. This one day that you get every year, let it take over you. Let July 4 get the best of you.