This year the 4th of July falls in the middle of the week (well, almost) and really disrupts the work week.  Lots of people just go ahead and take off Friday too so they get a four day week-end of fun in the sun.  If that’s you, have a wonderful long week-end no matter if you are staying home or traveling.

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1.  As we celebrate our independence this July, let us not forget that it’s not all about picnics, parades and fireworks and take the time to explain it to our children! It’s a great opportunity to teach them some American history.

pinterest_-_beach-resized-6002.  But speaking of picnics – wouldn’t it be great to have one by the beach, like this?

pinterest_-_blue_stripe_table-resized-6003.  But then, if you are having a family picnic or larger group of friends over, this patio setting would do nicely.  Keep the table setting simple and bold like this to be most effective!

pinterest_-_lakeside-resized-6004.  Lake side is also a wonderful place to celebrate the Fourth of July.  If there is a cool breeze, all the better!  July 4th can sometimes be very hot.

 

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5.  After you’ve decided where to celebrate you will need to decide on your menu, but that’s easy …. traditional burgers, hot dogs, potato salad, beer, soda, ice cream and dessert.  Of course there is much more like fried or grilled chicken, ribs, corn on the cob, pasta and green salads, watermelon, and on and on…….

 

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 6.  Need some ideas of how to welcome your guest to the house?  How about a beautiful red, white and blue wreath or these adorable pair of old cowboy boots that have been painted and used as planters?  If you don’t have old ones, you could go to a thrift store and buy a cheap pair to decorate.

 

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 7.  Even if you are not hosting a 4th of July party at your house you can still decorate for Independence Day. Be sure to hang your flag proudly on this day.

 

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8.  Of course, there are lots of other traditional things to do on this long week-end, not the least of which is to go to a 4th of July parade.  Your kids might even be in it but they will surely love it even if they are not, with all the music, floats and festivities.

 

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9.  Roller coasters and face painting are also great things to entertain the kids.  I like them too!

 

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10.  I remember decorating my bike for holidays like this and sparklers in the evenings out in front of our house.  Some cities don’t even allow sparklers anymore but they are fun if your city still allows them  It’s too bad that there have been so many tragedies with fireworks that they have been banned but it’s best to be safe.

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11.  Have a wonderful and safe 4th of July!

*** All these images are from my 4th of July board on Pinterest.