The 4th of July will look a little different this year, but there are still ways to have fun and enjoy the warm weather! Check out these ways to get creative with fireworks, food, and all things red, white, and blue.

1. Write messages with sparklers

Just when you thought you’d had all the fun possible with fireworks, a new way comes along! This is a great way to create messages you can send to family members that you’d normally spend the holiday with! All you need is a few sparklers, a way to light them, and a camera or app that allows slow shutter speeds. Simply stand facing the camera with the sparkler in front of you, light the sparkler, and write whatever you’d like to say in the air! To make the message readable, make sure you either write the message backward or flip the image before sending it.

2. Make a red, white, and blue cocktail or mocktail!

You may not be able to go to a bar this year, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying a fancy patriotic drink! A little bit of grenadine creates the perfect red layer, with white and blue liquor layered on top to make fun red, white, and blue stripes. If you don’t drink or want to include the kids, try making a layered mocktail with blue Gatorade, sprite, and cranberry juice.

3. Take a virtual tour of important national spots

Virtual tours have become a favorite pastime over the last few months, and there are lots of locations to choose from! Whether you’d prefer an online tour of Philadelphia, a virtual visit to NASA, or an online tour of the Statue of Liberty, you’re sure to find something that fits your interests.

4. Make a red, white, and blue fruit salad

Bananas, blueberries, and raspberries combine to make a sweet and tart fruit salad! A little whipped cream on top can make this the perfect summer dessert, or use the fruit mixture as a topping on yogurt to make it a meal.

5. Have a socially distanced movie night

A white external wall or garage door and a projector can make for an awesome movie night! Ask around to see if anyone has a projector you can borrow or order one online, and invite people to bring their own blankets and snacks for a movie night under the stars! Remember to mark spots in the yard to make sure everyone stays at least 6 feet apart.

6. Make mini fruit pizzas

This cool, sweet treat is perfect for summer! You can keep it simple by using a classic sugar cookie base, or try a new spin on it by using brownies as the base! Either way, finish them off with a cream cheese frosting and some blueberries and strawberries to make them red, white, and blue. Blackberries, raspberries, and cherries are also great options for adding a patriotic flair to these treats.

7. Get crafty

From tie-dye to painted flower pots, there are lots of ways to have fun and get creative with red, white, and blue! Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Parade wands. These are perfect for kids to play with or to wave out the window at a car parade!
  • Painted pots. This is a fun way to add some red, white, and blue indoors or outdoors! From perfectly spray-painted pots to rustic designs made with sponge brushes, there are plenty of ways to make this craft your own.
  • Tie-dye. There’s a reason this craft has been making a comeback! Have some fun tie-dying white clothes, from swimsuit coverups to T-shirts to bandanas.

Give some of these activities a try and you may find a new favorite tradition! From trying a new recipe to learning more about our history, there are still so many opportunities to celebrate the 4th of July this year.

How will you be celebrating next weekend?

Published by Sarah Reynolds

I am Content Cucumber's Digital Marketing Specialist, and I enjoy writing about all things minimalism, mindfulness, and making the world a better place through better individual choices. I can usually be found working right next to my 12-pound terrier puppy somewhere in the Chicago suburbs. I love coffee and tea, visiting the library, and making music on my electric piano and my 12-string acoustic-electric guitar.

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