You may be one to homeschool year round but for us, when July comes around we are on a long summer pause from school work. We take the few short months of nice weather to enjoy the outdoors and family. The 4th of July is one day we try to slow down, and spend time with family. Over the years we have done a lot of different things to celebrate but no matter what we planned, everything revolved around spending time with those we love. In the end, that is what is most important, and learning to spend time with family is a lesson kids need to learn early on.
Not all lessons need to be filled with textbooks, crafts, or stories. Showing our kids how important family is by spending time with them, is a life long lesson. Building happy memories together will carry with them and help them build a stronger family of their own one day. So what do we do to celebrate? We keep things simple.
Some years we have had a lazy morning and headed to the beach to eat dinner and watch the fireworks over the water. Other years we have gone to a family friend’s place for a BBQ and campfire. Some we have visited family in another state and spent the 4th enjoying a town carnival with fair food, games, rides and ended the night with fireworks over the carnival. However, no matter what we were doing, we were focusing on family and the kids have always appreciated that.
The simple things on the 4th are what I treasure most and one day, what our kids will look back and remember.
- Gathering around a table of yummy grilled foods.
- Walking together down the road to the local events.
- Watching the kids faces as they light up with excitement.
- The relaxed dress and attitude of the day.
- The break from household chores.
- The open windows, and the summer breeze blowing the curtains.
- The lawn covered with camp chairs of family and friends we love.
- A campfire at the end of the night, talking with family and friends.
- Sitting on a blanket snuggled up with my kiddos watching the fireworks.
- Oohing and Aahing in unison with the kids as each firework bursts open.
- The conversation and laughs with family and friends.
Do you have plans to build happy memories with your family over the 4th? Here are some ideas that might help you if you don’t yet.
- Cook/Bake up a red, white and blue treat to share.
- Head into the yard and gather up some wood for a campfire.
- Pack a picnic lunch and head to the beach for some summer fun. You could also bring along some warmer clothes and stick around to watch the fireworks over the water, with your toes in the sand.
- Find out when/if your town or a nearby town is holding a parade. Get their early with a bag for each kid to collect some candy and treats.
- Hold a water balloon/sponge battle.
- Invite some family friends over to spend the day together.
- When it starts to get dark, hand each kid a glow stick. Make them the bracelet kind and you can have the kids playing ring toss with them while they wait for the fireworks to start.
- Get the kids ideas on a fun, family day and incorporate some of their ideas.
Whatever you decide to do for the 4th. I hope you are able to focus on your family. Crafts, food, and fun are great, but if you are stressed out trying to make it all perfect you will be missing the most important lesson. The lesson of family. Enjoy the 4th with your Family, I know I will be.
Do you do anything special on the 4th you can share? If so, comment below and help others with some good ideas for their own families. And hey, while you are at it, check out the other posts below in the Homeschool Days Hop for some other great ideas.