American families have been celebrating the 4th of July for over 200 years, but 2020 brought an unforeseen obstacle that makes it a bit difficult to celebrate the old-fashioned way or even with your entire family present. We all know that Americans are all about July 4th Celebrations. So, I am sure you are wondering how to celebrate the 4th of July at home.
But here are a couple of fun ideas on how to celebrate Independence Day from home and make the birthday of our nation an epic festivity.
10 Fun Ideas On How To Celebrate The 4th Of July At Home
1. Have a Backyard BBQ
A backyard cookout is a 4th of July staple. Throw some hot dogs, sausages, burger patties, some BBQ chicken, or a couple of steaks on the grill and have the perfect stay-at-home feast.
But don’t forget to make some epic side dishes like potato salad, mac and cheese, and fruit salad. Get the kids to help prep the side dishes, or even a couple of no-bake desserts. This way, you’ll get to bond and teach them how to pull off an epic BBQ when they have their own family.
2. Have a Backyard Movie Night
Once you’re done with your backyard BBQ, or you’re simply taking a break, dust off that old projector and set up the outdoor screen in the backyard. While a grownup is busy setting the movie up, the kids can help make some popcorn or some s’mores.
Then grab some blankets or lounge chairs and enjoy an epic movie night in the patio. If you only have access to a balcony, then set up a cozy spot in the corner and improvise! Tiny spaces are the perfect excuse to get closer to the ones you love. Now, pass the popcorn!
3. Finish the Night with Some Camping
You ate and watched a movie outdoors, so why not camp in the backyard, too? Set up the tents, bring a few snacks, some water, and a few flashlights and take turns telling some classic ghost stories.
There’s no better way to bond than to sleep under the stars. But if the weather’s bad, try camping in the living room!
4. Have a Sing-a-Thon
Grab some pots and pans and prepare to drum to the beat of some American classics like “This Land is Your Land,” or go a little bolder and try singing “Born in the USA” by Bruce Springsteen.” You can even Skype with family members in other states and hold a makeshift singing competition where you all get to vote for your favorite singers.
The “losing” family has to invite everyone else to their house for Christmas once this is all over. Of course, there are no losers when the whole family is having fun and vibing together!
5. Throw a U.S.-Themed Trivia Party
How familiar is your family with American history? Find out by challenging them to a U.S. themed trivia party. Like did you know that Connecticut was called the “Constitution State” even though the constitution was signed in Philadelphia? Or that America didn’t actually declare their independence on July 4th?
Head on down to good reliable Google and search for “U.S. facts that everyone gets wrong” and write some ideas down and make some flash cards and rules to play the game.
6. Take a Virtual Patriotic Getaway
Take a video tour of Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and the American Constitution were signed, or visit New York’s Ellis Island where many immigrant families began their American adventures.
You can even take a 360-degree virtual tour of the area where the historic Battle of the Alamo took place in the 1800s. This one’s perfect if your family is a huge history buff!
7. Enjoy a 4th of July Parade
Unfortunately, a lot of 4th of July parades around the country have been canceled in 2020, but that doesn’t mean you and the family can’t watch a parade from last year.
You can watch the 2019 National Independence Day Parade on YouTube and pretend it’s live. Popcorn is not included, so make sure to prepare some snacks!
8. Have a Pool Party
If you have a pool, make a couple of summer drinks, download a playlist of patriotic tunes, and soak up some rays, (but don’t forget the sunscreen!)
If you don’t have a pool, designate a family member to grab a hose and run after everyone in the backyard to try and wet them. You could also jump ropes and use the water from the hose as a rope. There’ll be running, giggling, and a whole lot of fun!
9. Watch a Patriotic Movie Indoors
Get the family together in the living room and binge watch a couple of patriotic films. And what other movie can be more appropriate for this holiday than “Independence Day?”
The title says it all and there’s plenty of action as Will Smith’s character leads a group of soldiers on the ultimate battle to stop an alien invasion on the 4th of July. Here are a couple of great 4th of July movies, too.
10. Throw a Patriotic Scavenger Hunt
Print out a couple of flags from different American eras, and some photos of historic sites like Liberty Bell and hide them around the house. If you have mini versions of the Statue of Liberty or flag magnets, use those too.
Then create some clues that will lead the kiddies to the location of these objects. The winner gets to pick the movie you watch, gets to pick dessert, or gets a free pass on helping setting up the table.
Enjoy Your Fourth Of July At Home Celebration
Every detail counts and some of the most precious moments are celebrated at our home sweet home. In the end, all that matters is the people you celebrate those moments with. Make each moment count and just be grateful and happy!
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