Every year on the 4th of July, it’s become an annual tradition for families to fire up the grill and cue the Frankie Beverly and Maze. For some, it’s a day of relaxation and for others, a day to commemorate America’s independence from the British.
Whether you celebrate the holiday or are simply enjoying the day off, here are five things to do on the 4th of July to make it one you won’t forget:
Take a road trip- If you’re planning on traveling out of town for the 4th of July, skip the hassle and cost of booking a flight. Create a playlist, load up the car, and hit the road with friends and family. Enjoy the scenery and stop to enjoy a restaurant you’ve never dined at before.
Fireworks- What’s the 4th of July without fireworks? Most major cities have fun family events that feature a fireworks show, but if you aren’t into crowds, there are always other options. Get your own fireworks and light them in your backyard, or take your kids to a local park, have a picnic and light them there. (As long as they are legal)
Water- What better way to spend the 4th of July than at your favorite pool, lake, or beach. On a hot summer day, swimming is a great activity for people of all ages to enjoy. If you don’t have access to a large body of water, find innovative ways for fun like homemade water slides and water balloon fights.
Immerse yourself in culture- If you don’t celebrate the 4th of July, use the day off of work to learn or try something new. Visit a local museum, attend a festival, or go to an art exhibit. Find ways to immerse yourself in culture.
Eat- According to Fox, more than 74 million Americans are planning a barbecue for the 4th of July, but you haven’t had barbecue until you’ve had an uncle with Jesus sandals on the grill. While hot dogs are a staple on the holiday, there are always other options. If you don’t want the hassle of standing over the grill, or the calories, order from your favorite eatery or start a delicious tradition of your own. When all else fails, eat!