We Wish You and Your Family a Great Time Celebrating our Country’s Independence Day 2023
The Fourth of July is the most patriotic holiday in the US. People across the country creatively mark the day in varying ways, including parades, fireworks, family gatherings, barbecues, and more. This article provides the whole family with fun activities to celebrate this year.
Fun Facts about the Fourth of July:
- There are about 16000 fireworks on the Fourth annual celebrations.
- Americans spend more than $1 billion on the 4th of July’s fireworks.
- The famous Nathan’s 4th of July hot dog eating competition has existed for over a century.
- Americans consume about 150 million hot dogs on the Fourth of July. This is quite a lot!
- There were only 2.5 million people in the US in 1776. Today there are about 332 million people in America.
- It took 117 years for the national anthem written by Francis Scott to get recognition by the federal government.
A moment of History:
- On July fourth, the United States lost three presidents, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe.
- Only Charles Thompson and John Hancock signed the Declaration of Independence on the 4th of July, 1776. The other delegates signed it within the following weeks.
- July 4th became an official holiday about 100 years ago after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
- Thirty-two towns in the United States use the term’ liberty.’ The largest is Liberty, Missouri, with a population of about 32 865.
- Hospitals get more patients on the Fourth of July due to fireworks-related injuries.
- The One World Trade Center represents the time when America gained Independence from Great Britain.
- Pennsylvania Evening Post was the first magazine to publish the Declaration of Independence.
- George Washington celebrated the Fourth of July in 1778 despite being at war.
- It was considered inappropriate to keep business open on the Fourth of July.
- It is a tradition in New England to eat Salmon on the Fourth of July.
- Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President of the United States, was born on July 4, 1872.
- President Zachary Taylor died in 1850, a day after the July 4 celebration, after eating a spoiled fruit.
- President Thomas Jefferson hosted the first Fourth July celebrations in 1801 at the White House.
- Paul Revere and Sam Adams buried a time capsule beneath the Massachusetts House on July 1795. Workers fixing a leak discovered the capsule more than two centuries later.
WOW, we know our students will love to do a few Family Activities, so we listed 25 to choose from.
1. Attend a Parade:
One of the ways to celebrate the Fourth of July is by showing your patriotism, and there is no better way than attending a parade. We all love watching marching bands, giant balloons, and decorative floats. So search the internet for the closest parade and participate with your family this holiday.
2. Visit Philadelphia:
Did you know that Philadelphia hosted the first 4th July celebrations in 1777? Thousands of Americans crowd the Benjamin Franklin Parkway yearly to watch the fireworks explosion in honor of Independence Day.
You can take a trip this year and be part of that magnificent celebration. Philadelphia has many historic locations, including the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and the Betsy Ross House.
3. Do some Patriotic Tie and Dye:
Tie and dye is a craft that both children and adults can do. Create tie-and-die shirts or bags in white, red, and blue colors and wear them on the Fourth of July. You can also make extra ones to share with friends or needy people.
4. Grill Hot Dogs:
You will agree that hot dogs are a significant part of the American culture, grilling tradition, and summer celebrations. One thing that will complete the Fourth of July is spending time trying different recipes for grilled hot dogs in the kitchen.
5. Play in the Backyard:
You can come up with many games to play in the Backyard, including coquet, corn-hole, horseshoes, and badminton. Backyard games will perfectively fill the free time before the dessert and fireworks.
6. Enjoy a Water Balloon Fight:
Fourth of July finds us when the weather is quite hot. A water balloon fight could be an excellent solution for the afternoon’s scorching hot day. You can make it more enjoyable by creating kids vs. adults.
7. Prepare a Flag Cake:
Make a simple cake with your children and then decorate it with the flag’s colors to honor the American’s Birthday.
8. Engage in an Outdoor Sport:
One of the best ways to connect and honor the Fourth of July is by enjoying a sport with your loved ones. Play a friendly match with friends and family after the day’s feast. Let everyone in the family enjoy the game regardless of their age.
9. Harvest Berries:
Enjoy the berry season by picking up your berries. If you don’t have a berry farm, you can visit local farmers who offer U-pick options allowing people to load their favorite fruits like black, blue, or strawberries. Then, after the harvesting, you can use the berries to make delicious summer pie.
10. Go for a Patriotic Road Trip:
Plan for a road trip and visit a city or state you have never visited. The purpose is to stop at all major landmarks to honor the milestone America has made since Independence. Your children will learn much about American History and connect with their past.
11. Go Camping:
You can plan a camping trip and enjoy the getaway with your family this Fourth of July. Make it fun by playing patriotic music, making traditional foods on the open fire, and later stargazing on a fantastic night.
12. Enjoy some Fireworks:
No Fourth of July celebration will be complete without viewing some fireworks at night. You can watch your town display, explode fireworks, or watch some explosion on the TV. Of course, you can miss many other things on this big day, but don’t miss the fireworks!
13. Bake some Desserts:
You can celebrate this iconic day by making some patriotic desserts! Bake some brownies, cupcakes, and cake and decorate them with white, red, and blue colors. Let everyone in the family participate in the decorations. It will be fun!
14. Roast Marshmallows:
Set up an open fire at the backdoor once the sun goes down and roast marshmallows. It will be an excellent activity for everyone as you wait for the fireworks to begin.
16. Enjoy an Outdoor Movie Night:
Set up a big screen and some cozy seating on your lawn, and let everyone (family and friends) have a movie night to remember! Play some of the family’s favorite movies that align with the holiday theme. Oh, don’t forget some popcorn!
16. Learn about Fireworks:
Do your children know the science behind fireworks and the dangers involved in the activity? Find child-friendly information online about the science behind fireworks and safety measures around fireworks.
17. Visit a National Monument:
Visiting a national monument is one of the best ways to celebrate the Fourth of July. For example, you can see the Washington Monument on the Reflecting Pool. This monument has a background of many of America’s historical events.
18. Go Swimming:
Another great idea for the Fourth of July celebration is spending time by the pool with your family. You can access a pool from a community center or neighbor if you don’t have one at home. To honor the day, you can mark some of the inflatable tubes with white, red, and blue colors.
19. Go for a Picnic:
There is no better manner to enjoy the summer and the Fourth of July than with an elaborate picnic plan. Pack favorite appetizers, desserts, and main dishes, among other things, that will make the day unforgettable.
20. Break your Sparklers:
It is not the Fourth of July celebration if you don’t have sparklers at night. So please wait until it is dark and light them before waving them safely to make beautiful shapes.
21. Go for a Family Bike Riding:
One of the great ways to celebrate Independence Day is by going for a bike ride with the family. Besides the physical exercise, you can pack a picnic basket and find a sunny place to enjoy together a pre-barbecue snack.
22. Make a Playlist:
Create a festive playlist full of everyone’s favorite patriotic songs. Besides listening to patriotic songs, you can pick a guitar and enjoy your tunes. You can also include kid-friendly musical instruments such as tambourines and kazoos and ask everyone to sing along to their favorite patriotic songs.
23. Go Kayaking:
If your children love outdoor activities, they will have fun kayaking. Kayaking allows children to enjoy the waters and sights around the river. This will go well with some tasty picnic food.
24. Explore together American History:
Nothing will be more honorable than reading exciting content about American History on the Fourth of July. Your local library has tons of informative books about where we have come from as a country. Read some content out loud and ask questions to boost their understanding.
25. Engage in Arts and Crafts:
You can beat the July heat indoors by engaging in excellent arts and crafts activities. Provide your children with plain coloring pages and Independence Day theme colors, and let your children enjoy. You can keep them busy with this activity while preparing the ice cream.