Creative Ways to Celebrate the 4th
There's always the traditional parades, and great activities around the Upper Valley here, but what if you want to stay home or that's just not your thing? Want to create a new tradition? Try a new dish? Here are some creative ways you can celebrate the 4th.
I found a great article from Business Insider with inexpensive ways to celebrate the 4th. I particularly like these ideas:
Tackle a house project
Blast some good tunes, put on some old comfy clothes, and tackle some back burner project. Paint, clean the basement (something that you never have time to do.) You can feel productive and then chill out with a good movie and a refreshing drink and munchies as a reward.
Join a Race
I am amazed at how many local races there are. This is a great way to get motivated, come together to exercise, set goals, and achieve them. Bring a friend and bring the family, or go for on your own. I recently tried a local race this year, the Shamrock Shuffle, walking the whole way and my goal was just to complete it. It was a lot of fun and gave you a great feeling of success at the end. It motivated me to try more in the future. Plus a lot of these races benefit local causes so it's a win win: getting/staying in shaping with others and helping a local cause! Here are some local races you can check out.
There's a Red White and Blue 6.2 race in Lebanon on July 4th to try that goes on the rail trail: 1 mile fun run for kids, 5K and 10K. Cost is $10-25 depending on age and when you register. I just walked this route recently and it was a beautiful walking loop. Find out more here. There's also a 4 mile race in Brattleboro for $10-15 on the 4th of July too. Find out more here.
Plan a Block Party (or just a small party...)
This can be a really cool tradition to start up and a great way of meeting/talking with new neighbors or old neighbors you never see. Huffington Post created a list of cool invites you just print and fill out here. I like Evites too because they have unique sizes like a bookmark style invite. Get together, play some music, play some games, enjoy a movie on the lawn, eat great food, maybe even get a minute to win it challenge going on. Whatever works for your group of people. If you're looking for what to eat, do, or how to decorate your block party, here's a Pinterest board I created (easy, fun, and budget friendly was what I was going for). It includes things like fruit and brownie kabobs, painted lawn stars, painting fireworks for kids, scavenger hunt, drinks, games, and even a competition (plus more). I like these games you can play.
Honor Our Service Men and Women
4th of July is about celebrating our independence and those who fought for our freedom. How about doing an act of kindness for those who have fought or continue to fight today. Bring goodies and a card to your local Legion, or make a care package for those overseas like this article outlines.