Fourth of July: hot dogs, fireworks, and basking in the American Dream. These impressions of Independence Day are pretty spot-on, but there always is so much more people can do to show their patriotism. Flags are just the start.
What will get you into the Fourth of July spirit?
Watch patriotic movies.
Good old war movies get things going. A classic like Yankee Doodle Dandy will have you bleeding red, white, and blue. Even Apollo 13 will have you cheering for the USA from start to finish.
Host a potluck.
Nothing screams Fourth of July like sharing food. Whether it’s with family members or close friends, potlucks are welcomed. Organize who brings what and dig in!
American history trivia! Who doesn’t love proving who learned more in high school? Bingo! You can’t go wrong with Fourth of July bingo. Throw in some bubbles as prizes and everyone will be happy.
If you live in a place where fireworks are easily accessible, this is for you. Hit those fireworks stands and go nuts! This is your night. After all, blowing things up is part of our history: embrace it. And if you can’t set off fireworks yourself, you can always watch other people do it in envy.
Lining up to watch people process down the street in their red, white, and blue is always a highlight. Don’t forget your folding chair, you might be there a while!
Festive Cookie Decorating.
This is a hit with the kids. Buy or —if you’re a tad ambitious— make cookies. Get some red, white, and blue sprinkles and frosting from the store and you’re set!