The Fourth of July is almost here, and it's such a fun holiday. Celebrating our nation's independence is both awesome and historic, and there are always loads of fun local activities all over for families to enjoy together. But one thing it always gives me the urge to do, personally, is to enjoy a day of independence of my own. A day of freedom from my daily grind and responsibilities. Of course, this is not possible, because I'm a mom. With lots to do. Every day, including on the 4th of July. But here are some ideas I've come up with to help bring on the feeling of freedom, at least for a little while, in your home this Independence Day.
1) Give the kids some large paper and some red and blue crayons and have them make flags, while you sit back, relax and sip a refreshing beverage with your feet up for 15 minutes.
2) Make a potato stamp with a star with your kids, and let them decorate place cards, paper napkins, cups or plates, or even your dining table, which you can cover with easel paper.
3) Make a banner with glitter. Nothing screams freedom like glitter, people. We all know that.
4) Blow up some red, white and blue balloons, crank up some classic tunes from your own childhood, like "Freedom" or "Celebrate," and have a dance party with your little ones and pretend YOU just got out of school and have the summer off with them, too.
5) Buy some piecrust and get some fresh blueberries and either strawberries or raspberries and make a delicious patriotic pie. Serve it up with some fresh white whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. Yum!
6) Grill up your favorite all American meal. We always resort to bacon cheeseburgers, watermelon, ice cream and pie. How can you go wrong with that?
7) Have a blast and make the day memorable with some special party accessories like sparklers, confetti, hats or streamers. Holidays only come around so often, after all, so make it as fun as festive as you can.
8) Give your kids some independence. Explain the concept of independence to them, think of some new activities that they are old enough to start doing this summer and promise them a cool reward for their efforts. Giving them more things to do on their own will gain you some more independence and freedom at the same time, and July 4th is a great day to get started.
How do you celebrate Independence Day in your family?