It was bound and determined to happen. The Katy Perry song Firework has been played a few times a day this week...and it's only Tuesday. With the Fourth of July a mere 48 hours away, we're gearing up for some spectacular fun. A grill-out, maybe some swimming, gathering with buddies...all are on the list.
What else can you and the brood do to make this fourth a special one? Oh don't you worry, I've got a few ideas!
-- Bake a birthday cake. It's America's birthday, right? So why not celebrate it as such. Break out the cake recipe (or that boxed mix) and go to town. Use vanilla frosting and red and blue sprinkles or blueberries and strawberries to top it. Make birthday cards and birthday posters. Sing Happy Birthday. You know the drill.
-- Tell some Fourth of July funnies. Break out the joke book and tell everyone at the annual BBQ some rather pun-ny jokes. Your kids will get the folks giggling. Here are a few:
Q: Why did the duck say bang?
A: Because he was a firequacker!
Q: What's red, white and blue?
A: A sad candy cane!
Q: Does Europe have a 4th of July?
A: Yes, it does. It comes right after the 3rd of July.
Q: What did Polly the parrot want for the 4th of July?
A: A fire cracker
Q: What did one flag say to the other flag?
A: Nothing, it just waved.
-- Make patriotic friendship bracelets. Grab some yarn or narrow ribbons in red white and blue and have our kiddos braid a bunch of varying lengths. We just braid them, but you can get a little fancier, but still totally easy with the tutorial over at Pioneer Woman. Pass them out to guests -- or even set up a stand and sell them, with proceeds going to organizations that help support our troops like the Wounded Warrior Project or Operation Gratitude.
What do you do on the Fourth of July?