We are just days away from celebrating America’s freedom. To some this means a day off work and to others it marks the middle of summer. Either way, the 4th of July is a special holiday that brings our nation together. This is a day that people from different backgrounds show their American pride and rejoice the many freedoms that we are given.
To me, being a citizen of America means many things. It means being able to provide for my family, feeling safe thanks to our awesome military men and women, and having the opportunity to share my opinions without major repercussions. Day in and day out many controversial issues occupy the discussion on everyones family room TV screen. However, this one day is a chance for me to block out all of the noise and reflect on the greatness that is the home of the brave & the land of the free.
This holiday celebration would not be the same without several traditions. Some of my favorite traditions are listed below as things that I find essential to celebrating our nation’s freedom.
Go to a parade
This is the most important tradition that my family enjoys every year. Each city has their own parade and I find it to be a great way to come together as a community. It is always chilling to see all of the chairs lined down Granville street at early morning hours just to save spots for the parade. The little ones run out into the street on a mission to snatch candy.(with their parents approval of course) Whether you attend your city’s parade (Gahanna July 4 at 10:30am) or the Columbus Boom parade on July 1, you are guaranteed to be walking trough a sea of red, white, and blue.
Throw your own celebration
No one enjoys spending holidays alone and the 4th of July is no exception. For many years my family and friends looked forward to the annual Matney celebration. Although we have skipped out on throwing a party for a couple of years, we have always spent this holiday with our friends. Enjoying yourself is the easy part, but setting up your party is the hardest. Making sure that your home’s appearance is at it’s best is perhaps the most important aspect of your celebration. Second to that is making festive decorations or games that will WOW your guests. Here are some awesome decoration ideas for your celebration. Don’t forget the sparklers!
Eat festive food/dessert
All party goers that I know love beating the July heat with yummy foods that are America approved. The best way to throw a boomin’ 4th party is to ask guests to bring their favorite holiday side dish or dessert. This way, all that you are responsible for are beverages and grilling the hot dogs. My personal favorite food on this day is a bratwurst topped with mustard. It doesn’t get much more festive than that. If you are the guest that is bringing a side dish or dessert, we’ve got you covered. Here are awesome dishes that will make everyone there beg for the recipe.
Jam out to your favorite American tunes
No day of celebration is complete without a playlist of music that makes you wanna move. Whether you’re in the kitchen baking or on the grill with the hotdogs, the playlist that I have created will surely get you on your feet dancing. This assortment of music is also perfect for a cookout or party.
Set off Fireworks
Fireworks are the staple of everyone’s 4th of July. Although they are illegal to set off, attending a firework display is the perfect alternative. Other fun alternatives are pop-its and sparklers. In my opinion, no one is ever too old to play around with these addicting firework substitute. If you don’t celebrate with fireworks, are you even American?
I want to know what you love about being an American. Let me know in the comments below!
As always, check out my Pinterest board for 4th of July inspiration!