It’s no secret that this Independence Day is going to look different from years prior. Firework shows and festivities are getting canceled to make sure families and communities stay safe while we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. For families with small children, or even single folks living alone, this can mean an upheaval in plans and the usual fun you experience this time each year.
Fortunately, we have some ideas to help. Read on!
Make Some Treats
Homemade popsicles are a common summertime treat. You can make them with pretty much any type of fruit or fruit juice you’d like, and this is a great way to cool off. You can even find fun ways to make them red, white, and blue! Check out allrecipes.com for ideas.
Create an At-Home Water Park
Even with the most basic sprinklers and hoses, you can create a fun obstacle course in your backyard for kiddos to run through and entertain themselves with. Consider adding a slip ‘n slide to the mix, or even making your own slip ‘n slide with large trash bags and some soap to make it slippery.
Dig Into Some History
A lot of kids, and even some adults, may be surprised to learn what all Independence Day is about. Consider settling in with an educational movie or book to learn what makes the 4th of July so great. Fictional movies that center around the 4th are fun too!
Have a Patriotic Picnic
Gather up all your red, white, and blue foods and cutlery and have yourselves a family picnic. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on white bread, anyone? How about some fresh strawberries and blueberries (they’re even better inside a pie, right?)
Get Outside However You Can
Maybe going for a family walk on a rarely traveled trail or going for a bike ride is on the Independence Day agenda this year. As hot as it can get, setting out early is a great way to start the day with some fresh air and nature.
Have a Pool “Party”
Even if you can’t invite a bunch of friends over, if you have a pool you may as well take advantage of it, right? Get all your favorite munchies, gather up your family, blast some of your favorite music, and have yourselves a good time at home.
Engage in a Festive Craft
There are so many great possibilities here—maybe it’s creating a chalk-art design of an American flag in your driveway, or painting flower pots red, white and blue. You could even decorate a wreathe for your front door and adorn it with patriotic decorations, to use each and every year at this time.
Maintain Your Home Comfort
Remember, it’s going to be a lot harder to stay comfortable and safe in your home this Independence Day or any day this summer without a fully functional air conditioning system. If you haven’t scheduled maintenance yet, now is the time! Professional maintenance allows our technicians to thoroughly inspect, clean, and adjust your cooling system to make sure it works as efficiently and effectively as possible, for as long as possible.