Independence Day is one of America's biggest holidays. Parades, fireworks, family vacations — you name it, July 4th weekend is always jammed packed with summer activities every family can take part in. But if you don't have anything specifically planned and you're looking for some fun things you and your loved ones can do for the 4th of July, you're in luck! We've prepared a bucket list of 10 things you can do to help you celebrate America's birthday. Check it out!
1. Prepare Waku mocktails and cocktails
Just because you are celebrating a holiday it doesn't mean you don't have to worry about your health and take care of what you eat and drink. A great way to celebrate, have fun and feel replenished is to buy a case of Waku and prepare your favorite cocktails and mocktails. You will be having fun, drinking wisely and prioritizing your gut health and overall wellness!
2. Bake a patriotic dessert
There are thousands of online recipes that will guide you so that you can prepare delicious and healthy desserts, just give them a red white and blue twist with the decoration and presentation and enjoy a savory treat that is also themed! Here are a couple of delicious dessert recipes: Our Top 8 Favorite Vegan Desserts
3. Have an outdoor movie night
Level up your standard movie night by setting up a screening — and some cozy seating — right out on your lawn, invite your friends and/or family and pick out an All-American movie that's perfect for the holiday. Don't forget the popcorn!
4. Visit a historic landmark
The 4th of July is the perfect day to honor the history of our great country by visiting a monument or landmark. Our nation's monuments commemorate both historic events as well as natural wonders from sea to shining sea. Peruse a state-by-state listing of National Historic Landmarks to find one in your area, or plan a future road trip with historic significance!
5. Create your own photo booth
The 4th of July weekend brings a great excuse for some DIY activities. Whenever friends and family come together for a good time, photos are sure to happen. Go to Pinterest to get inspired and be prepared to record the good times by setting up a photo booth with a festive stars and stripes backdrop. For extra fun, prep some silly props for your friends to pose with!
6. Have a game night
Looking for something that's fun for the whole family? Organize a game night with some of the best board games — and if you want to make it on theme with the holiday, try out some special patriotic games (like 4th of July bingo or some American-themed trivia).
7. Watch a parade
Check with your community board to find out what time your local July 4th parade will kick off. After that, invite some friends over and fire up your grill!
8. Create something with the kids
What better way to keep the little ones occupied than with a fun holiday craft? Plus, these crafts could double as a great 4th of July decor! Look for inspiration, gather up all the materials beforehand and set up a time throughout the day to create something cute, fun and themed with the kids while also listening to a good all American playlist with all of the beloved classics.
The 4th of July is a good time to embrace what makes America strong, and make a caring commitment to your neighbors and community. Whether it's pitching in to set up for local celebrations or putting in hours at a shelter or soup kitchen, helping those in need is about as American as it gets!
10. Watch the fireworks
Of course, you might still be able to enjoy some fireworks safely from your home this year. America has celebrated the signing of the Declaration of Independence by lighting off fireworks since its first anniversary in 1777. Nothing rouses our spirits like the explosion of red-white-and-blue rockets overhead, while patriotic music plays through the loudspeakers. Most communities host festivities of some sort on the 4th, so check out local websites to find out what's available near you. Don't forget to sit back and enjoy (and practice good fireworks safety)!