5 ways to celebrate Independence Day

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You’ve got your red, white and blue outfits laid out for a weekend full of activities celebrating Independence Day. You have come to terms with the amount of, um, let’s just say, “fun foods” in air quotes, you will eat over the next day or two.

Of course, there are the festivals and the fireworks along with a myriad of hot dogs, brisket sandwiches and fish tacos to send your taste buds into sensory overload. However, there are other ways you can celebrate Independence Day that just may give it more meaning to you.

Colonial Attractions

Celebrate history in two of our original colonial states: Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.

In Boston, the USS John F. Kennedy often sails into the harbor, while the Boston Pops Orchestra holds a televised concert on the banks of the Charles River, featuring American music and ending with the 1812 Overture.

Philadelphia holds its celebrations at Independence Hall, where historic scenes are reenacted and the Declaration of Independence is read. ~ FactMonster

Pay Tribute to Our Servicemen and Women

If you read our article, Memorial Day Weekend: Time for fun in the sun (or rain), then you know our stance on honoring those who fought for our freedom. It is easy to forget the meaning of the day as we lap down elephant ears and slurp on over-sized drinks. However, we can all redeem ourselves just a smidgen by giving back in some way. Feed a vet through the Veteran’s site. Setup a donation box at your neighborhood block party to send care packages to vet’s overseas. You get the idea. Just do something for someone else. Spread the love.

Host an American Themed Party

Of course, red, white and blue are already your color scheme. Check. To add a little pizazz to your party, you could setup different countries around the venue. In each area, highlight that particular countries Independence Day. After all, Canada just celebrated Independence Day on July 1. Seriously, do we really need to give you a reason to party?

Historical Re-enactment

Yep! You read correctly. We are suggesting you do your very own little play. Younger children may enjoy this one immensely. It gives them a chance to play dress up and the parents have a chance to enhance their knowledge of history in a very fun way. So let your creative side loose. Get a little wild and crazy. Well, we are talking about the re-enacting the reading of the Declaration of Independence so it is likely not going to get too wild.

Go Global

If you are an expat or otherwise traveling over this weekend, there are still ways for you to participate in Independence Day celebrations. It was very interesting last summer watching Bravo’s Ladies of London celebrate the 4th of July along side their British friends. Expats in countries all over the world are finding ways to celebrate. Get involved. Have fun.

What ways are you celebrating the 4th of July this year? Are you hosting a party? Giving back through donations or volunteering?

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  1. Thanks for the suggestions on how to celebrate Independence Day. I’m invited to a friend’s 40th birthday party on the 4th. It has an 80s theme and it’s a pool and dive-in movie party. “Back to the Future” is the movie. It should be a fun time.

    I hope you have a Happy Fourth of July! :)

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