Independence Day is my kids’ favorite holiday because we usually spend it with our extended family. Sure, they enjoy the fireworks, the food, and swimming in Grandma and Grandpa’s pool, but for them the best part is seeing all of their relatives since we don’t get to visit them often.
I love that my kids value family time so I am posting some of our favorite 4th of July family activities for those of you who enjoy this holiday together time as much as we do.
Because Independence Day is a celebration of the birth of our nation, many traditional 4th of July activities are those that display our patriotism such as:
- Attending a parade
- Going to a baseball game
- Visiting a national landmark or museum
- Watching a fireworks display
If you’d rather stick close to home, here are some alternatives:
Bike Parade – Have the kids decorate their bicycles and put on a parade down the street.
Uncle Sam Parade – Have kids make their own Uncle Sam hats using construction paper, stickers, markers and other crafting supplies and then put on a parade through the house.
Declaration of Independence
Everyone in the family gets to write his or her own Declaration of Independence. I got this idea from Jasmine Thomas on Yahoo! Voices who enjoyed reading the household tyrannies her children wanted freedom from.
If you don’t want to open the door to a household revolution, skip the declarations and instead have everyone make a list of the freedoms they have (thanks to our Founding Fathers) for which they are grateful. Make it less formal and have everyone name one during dinner.
Support the Troops
To celebrate our enduring freedom, why not do something as a family to support our troops who continue to fight for our country? For a list of suggestions on what you can do go to http://www.military.com/spouse/military-life/military-resources/how-to-support-our-troops.html.
Silver Dollar Game
I got this idea from here but since I’m a cheapskate thrifty, I plan on using state quarters. Basically, it’s a history trivia game and the first person to raise their hand and answer the question correctly gets a coin. Even though my family enjoys a good contest, this one is pretty unfair to my younger kids so we will probably just take turns and I will tailor the questions to each child and reward them with a coin if they answer correctly. Click here for a list of questions you can use.
My regular readers know that scavenger hunts are a family favorite at my home. Some days it is the only way I can get a half hour of peace and quiet. For the 4th of July, keep the kids occupied while you get dinner ready by sending them on a patriotic scavenger hunt. Here is a printable 4th of July scavenger hunt list from scavenger-hunt.org.
Guess How Many
This is a fun activity if you are having a party for the 4th of July. Fill jars with candies that are red, white, and blue and have guests guess how many of each there are.
Fill up several water balloons (preferably all red, white, and blue). Have each person pair up with someone else. Have each team of two stand one foot apart facing each other. Each team must pass a water balloon to their teammate without breaking it. After each toss, each person must take one step backward so that it gets harder and harder to toss the balloon to one another without it breaking.
Whatever you decide to do for Independence Day, I hope you enjoy it!