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Fourth of July is one of those fantastic family holidays where you not only get a chance to spend time with your family, but the weather is typically beautiful so you can get outdoors and enjoy Mother Nature as well. We’ve collected a list of top Fourth of July traditions that you may want to incorporate into your family celebration or ones which may remind you of days gone by when you were a little one enjoying a day with your parents.
Hanging the American Flag
Not too many Americans have flagpoles these days, but there is typically a way you can display a flag to celebrate the Fourth of July. At the very least you can get one of those small ones and put it in a planter.
Fourth of July Parades and Celebrations
Many cities celebrate the Declaration of Independence by holding a citywide celebration, complete with a hometown parade. For people that grew up in small town America, these events are a must on the social calendar and something that is prepared for well in advance.
Cookouts/Picnics and Block Parties
The middle of the summer is the perfect time for a picnic or to grill out and enjoy the incredible tastes of summer. So many fresh garden foods are ripe and locally grown food is such a huge trend, there’s no better excuse to share your culinary skills. Celebrate with your friends, family and neighbors and you’ll create lasting memories for the younger generation.
Games and Races
Too many kids today spend their time face down in a video game, but in the past we all got out and played real, physical games. Bring back this old tradition and start your neighborhood out with new traditions of gunny sack races, egg tosses, and scavenger hunts.
Many communities featured themed cook offs during the Fourth of July holiday. Let the neighborhood culinary snobs really test their mettle with a pie contest or a barbeque competition. There’s nothing more American than a little healthy competition, right?
The beach is the ultimate summer day trip and the Fourth of July is a perfect occasion for the entire family to get together and spend the day swimming and playing in the sand. If you don't live on the coast, find a lake; most of which have picnic areas with grills.
Perhaps the most beloved of all Fourth of July traditions are the fireworks. Most communities offer a fireworks celebration or there is one just a short drive from your home. The ooohs and aaahs of the crowd create instant patriotic memories for little ones and stir thoughts of yesterday for older participants.