5 Fun (and Free) Ways to Celebrate the 4th of July
The smell of barbecue and freedom is in the air. That’s right, the 4th of July is fast approaching. America is turning 241 years old this year, but our favorite pie-loving country has still got it going on. Looking for any excuse to not attend your weird uncle’s annual 4th of July potluck this year? Take a couple tips from us. It’s time to party like it’s 1776.
1. Host a Barbecue
Yes, we know its cliché, but nothing says USA quite like a good old fashioned barbecue. All you need is a slab of ribs, a barbecue, and your closest friends to celebrate in style. There’s no need to travel around the country and spend money on expensive festivities when you can have a party right in your own backyard. You can even buy sparklers to light up the nighttime sky and have your own fireworks fun (without the danger of at-home fireworks).
2. Watch the Fireworks
When it comes to the 4th of July, fireworks are a must. And the best part is, most cities host a free fireworks show! Look up the local fireworks displays in your area with just a quick Google search. Just make sure to get there early because optimal viewing seats are often limited. Don’t forget to bring a picnic blanket and/or lawn chairs for the ultimate fireworks viewing experience.
3. Bake a Pie
What’s more American than apple pie? Show off your master baking skills with a from-scratch apple pie. Anyone can buy a cheap pie from the grocery store, but only you can make one yourself. Look online for the best recipes or call up your grandma for hers. For extra fun, make it a shared family or friend bonding experience and see what you can cook up together.
4. Look for Free Activities in Your Area
The best part of the 4th of July is all the free festivities that take place across the country. From parades to community picnics to live music concerts, there’s sure to be something that the whole family can enjoy.
5. Go Camping
If loud parties and big parades aren’t your thing, try celebrating the “land of the free” by appreciating the quiet of the land. Find your favorite camping site and hitch a tent for the night so you can see all of the stars in the star-spangled night sky. And maybe, if you’re lucky, you’ll even catch a few fireworks in the distance.
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