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10 Ways to Enjoy the 4th of July! July 4, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Gratitude.
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In the U.S., Independence Day claims center stage on the Summer Fun Trifecta, sandwiched mid-way between Memorial Day’s kick off to summer and Labor Day’s return to reality.

Instead of shopping in crowded malls, decorating the house from top to bottom, or wrapping countless gifts, families and friends gather for picnics, cookouts, and backyard barbeques with the focus on food, fun and good old-fashioned togetherness.

Here are 10 ways to have a blast this 4th of July as you celebrate the freedoms we so often take for granted:

1.  Enjoy marching bands, patriotic anthems, and crowds waving the Stars and Stripes in time with the music at an Independence Day Parade.

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Or encourage the wee ones to put on a parade of their own, with pots and pans for drums!

2.  Pack a picnic and head to the beach, pool, park, or playground.  Or enjoy a fun old-fashioned gathering in your own backyard.

Invite a crowd!

3.  Organize a Scavenger Hunt.  Get everyone involved by playing on teams ~ pairing adults with children, or older kids with younger ones.

4.  Play backyard games ~ Croquet, Bocce Ball, Volleyball, Badminton, Horseshoes, Dodge Ball, Corn Hole,  Softball, Soccer, Frisbee, or Catch.

5.   Hold a mini-Olympics with a Relay Race, a Wheelbarrow Race, a Three-Legged Race, an Egg Toss, and the Long Jump.

Leave High Jumping and Sabre Tossing to the pros!

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6.  Cool off with a Water Balloon Fight or Dueling Water Pistols during the hottest part of the day.  Or run through the sprinkler with your kids.

7.  Have a Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest ~ judge contestants on distance, speed, accuracy, and enthusiasm.

8.  Catch fireflies or lightning bugs at dusk.  Release them before dawn.

9.  Before calling it a night, light up a few sparklers to wave around while singing the Star Spangled Banner or other patriotic tunes.

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10.  Attend a local community fireworks display to watch the  “bombs bursting in air” in glorious shades of Red, White, and Blue!

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Aah . . . that’s better!

“It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you.” ~ Anonymous

“Democracy is the government of the people, by the people, for the people.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

“We are free not because we claim freedom but because we practice it.” ~ William Faulkner

“Only our individual faith in freedom can keep us free.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

“You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4th, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw
Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.” ~ Erma Bombeck

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1. Pix Under the Oaks - July 4, 2014

Happy 4th Nancy and BFF! Enjoy the fireworks at the beach! Just CH and me today but family and FOOD Saturday and Sunday.. 😀

nrhatch - July 4, 2014

Hope that Arthur doesn’t muck around with too many 4th of July celebrations. I expect that he’s NOT a welcome visitor.

Enjoy your WHOLE weekend, Pix.

2. NancyTex - July 4, 2014

Have a wonderful holiday, NH!

nrhatch - July 4, 2014

Thanks, NT. Last night, the fireworks got cut short by a storm rolling in off the Gulf that chased us off the beach. We watched Mother Nature light up the sky instead ~ a different kind of Boomer! {{BOOM}}

We’ll try again tonight . . . after a potluck picnic for the street.

NancyTex - July 4, 2014

Fingers crossed for clear skies for you!

nrhatch - July 4, 2014

Thanks! I expect we’ll enjoy some BIG BOOMS either way.

3. suzicate - July 4, 2014

Happy 4th to you and BFF!

nrhatch - July 4, 2014

Hope you and Dirt Man have a fun fourth, Suzi. I haven’t checked the weather yet this morning, but I’m hoping Arthur is headed out to sea.

4. William D'Andrea - July 4, 2014

Happy 4th of July to everyone!

nrhatch - July 4, 2014

Have a Freedom Filled Fourth, William.

5. Val Boyko - July 4, 2014

Love the Erma quote 🙂 Have a Happy 4th!

nrhatch - July 4, 2014

Thanks, Val. Hope you’re having a Happy Day.

6. Don - July 4, 2014

Marvellous post Nancy. Have great admiration for your country. That quote by Emma Bombeck is so good. Enjoy this special day in your nation’s history.

nrhatch - July 4, 2014

Thanks, Don. Erma Bombeck gets my stamp of approval too. We just had an early thunderstorm, so maybe the skies will clear in time for picnics and fireworks.

7. Behind the Story - July 4, 2014

I love that Erma Bombeck quote. Tonight I’m going to a party at a friend’s condo. It’s right on the edge of the field where Edmonds shoots off its fireworks–so close and noisy and exciting.

nrhatch - July 4, 2014

That sounds like a perfect viewing spot! Have FUN!

8. diannegray - July 4, 2014

May the fourth be with you, Nancy! 😀

nrhatch - July 4, 2014

Haha! Thanks, Dianne.

Jill Weatherholt - July 4, 2014

Ha ha! That was good, Dianne!

9. Grannymar - July 4, 2014

happy Party days!

nrhatch - July 4, 2014

Thanks, GM! We did have a FUN celebration today and tonight ~ including wading in the Gulf of Mexico to watch fireworks for an hour!

Grannymar - July 5, 2014

Nice!

10. Jill Weatherholt - July 4, 2014

Great ideas and great quotes to celebrate our day of independence, Nancy! I hope your day was filled with family, friends, food and fun!
I’m hearing the first explosions now and it’s still daylight…overly anxious igniters I suppose.
Happy 4th of July! xo

nrhatch - July 4, 2014

Talked to family, hung out with friends, ate some yummy food, and had fireworks fun on the beach. After an hour watching bombs bursting in air on the beach (while wading in the water), we headed home. Sated until next year.

11. Patricia - July 4, 2014

Lots of fireworks last night and will be again tonight. I can watch them from my balcony ,both venues, the southwest and the northwest. So far the skies are clear.

nrhatch - July 4, 2014

We need to make friends with some of the beachfront home owners so we can watch the display from their balcony! 😎

Hope you enjoyed!

12. ericjbaker - July 4, 2014

11. Leave before all the drunk people start throwing M-80s at each other.

Re: #5. I don’t know any three-legged people!

nrhatch - July 4, 2014

What?! No 3-leggers.
You’ll have to have sack races then.

Next year, I’ll add to the list: “Avoid drunk people with M-80’s (or light sabers).”

13. sufilight - July 5, 2014

Good ideas, Nancy! Phil and I went to the park and enjoyed the sun and discovered a blooming Lotus Pond with colorful dragon flies. It was visually beautiful! 🙂

I mentioned to my American mate, that even if I am not American, I am an American citizen and feel gratitude to live in the USA where there is plenty of opportunity for everyone, no matter where they come from.

nrhatch - July 5, 2014

Love that ~ “a blooming Lotus Pond with colorful dragon flies.” Sounds like a great place to play the day away.

I’m glad you joined our ranks, Marie. The ideals of this country are sound ~ here’s hoping that Freedom Reigns for years to come.

14. Turquoise Compass - July 5, 2014

Happy 4th of July!

nrhatch - July 5, 2014

Thanks, TC! We watched the fireworks last night on the beach with the warm waters of the Gulf lapping at our toes!

BLISS!

Turquoise Compass - July 5, 2014

It does sound like bliss.

15. jannatwrites - July 5, 2014

I hope you had a great 4th! I’m all for your non-shopping ideas. We went to a barbecue at a neighbor’s house but fireworks were rain delayed, so we went home. Ten minutes later, the show started.

nrhatch - July 5, 2014

Glad you had some fun on the fourth. Sorry the fireworks didn’t pan out for you ~ I just watched the weather channel and heard that it is “monsoon season” in Arizona.

Also saw footage of a scary looking sandstorm in Phoenix yesterday. WOW! I would NOT want to be caught in one of those.

jannatwrites - July 5, 2014

Yep, it is monsoon season. I like the rain, but the dust is icky…. and not fun to drive in 🙂

nrhatch - July 5, 2014

The images looked wicked ~ clouds of dust that dwarfed the skyline.


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