If canceled firework celebrations have you down this year, now is the perfect time to let your creativity loose. There are myriad ways to celebrate the spirit of our great nation, indoors and out. Here are a few ideas.
RELAX WITH PATRIOTIC MOVIES
Watching patriotic movies is a great way to round out the holiday and escape from the daily headlines.
Indulge in new and time-honored classics, such as Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award-winning Hamilton. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, starring the legendary Jimmy Stewart, is the ultimate small-town “man vs. the political machine” story that can resonate with all generations. The classic Yankee Doodle Dandy stars James Cagney in a musical depicting the life of composer/singer/dancer George M. Cohan. Another movie the whole family can watch is 1776. Based on the Broadway musical, the movie recounts the American Revolution’s Continental Congress and its political struggles in declaring independence.
Bring out your hidden Martha Stewart with some whimsical crafts, like nameplates with patriotic stars tied around napkins with twine. Add some patriotic colored confetti, hurricane lanterns and votive candles. Mason jars filled with small flags and flowers create a charming touch. And homemade banners add an extra dose of flair.
FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD
Sheet cakes are a literal “piece of cake.” Use blueberries for stars, with white chocolate pretzels and strawberries for stripes. For snacks, pretzels dipped in red, white and blue melted chocolate combined with colorful sprinkles are as fun to make as they are to eat. Another snack idea is fruit and chocolate kabobs – thread two pieces of banana, strawberries and pineapple on a skewer. Drizzle melted chocolate over and add nuts of your choice – freeze and eat.
Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!
• Create a bicycle parade by decorating the family’s bicycles, tricycles, wagons or strollers with flags, streamers and ribbons.
• Play Pictionary-style games using American history questions. Some other game ideas are Jenga; sack races; ring toss with red, white and blue bottles; three-legged races; slip-n-slides; dodgeball and Twister.
• Have a cupcake decorating contest using sprinkles, red licorice, food coloring, blueberries, candy and icing. Confetti-filled balloons are another way to create some colorful magic.
• Keep kids busy with a scavenger hunt using clues to find miniature Statues of Liberty, patriotic trinkets or any household item that’s red, white or blue.
• Play a balloon dart game with red, white and blue balloons.
• Create and send thank-you notes for those serving in the Armed Forces.
• Watch the Macy’s fireworks display on TV.
Celebrating the Fourth isn’t complete without decorations. Here’s how to create a decorative clothespin wreath: You will need clothespins; red, white and blue paint; and wire. Paint clothespins red, white and blue and attach to wire wreath. Finish the decoration by embellishing it with white painted stars, and voila, you’re ready to celebrate!