9 Ways to Celebrate the 4th of July

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July 4th is approaching fast and for many of us, it means a day to relax and spend time with family and friends. But let us not forget why we celebrate the 4th of July in the first place! If you’re wondering what you can do to enjoy the day and commemorate American independence and patriotism, this list is sure to give you some ideas!

9 Ways to Celebrate the 4th of July

Display the Flag

It is important to show respect not only for the flag but the sacrifices and people it represents. Displaying the flag on the 4th of July can be a great activity for individuals and families to bond and learn more about our American history. If you choose to display the flag, be sure you understand the proper guidelines to follow listed here by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

See a Fireworks Display

The most iconic 4th of July celebration idea! Sitting back and enjoying a full fireworks production can be a fun and affordable way to celebrate the day. Depending on local ordinances you may have to travel further to see one in person.

Attend a 4th of July Parade

Hundreds of communities across the country gather together to hold a parade in honor of this important holiday. Attending or participating in one could be an exciting way to get involved with your community.

Host a Backyard Get Together

Whether you enjoy intimate gatherings with your closest friends and family or are excitedly awaiting your next summer slam, backyard parties are one of our favorites. Need to stock up on the essentials? Try out this checklist for everything you need.

Make S’mores

A delicious classic, we can always appreciate a good s’more. For those looking to up their s’more game and their backyard decor, check out this chic yet practical Angled Obelisk Chiminea by Terrain!

Enjoy an American Pastime

What better way to celebrate America than to enjoy one of her favorite pastimes? Baseball, football, basketball, volleyball, all exciting sports to watch or play that share in the American spirit.

Visit a Historic Landmark

No matter where you live, there are little pieces of history we can learn from and appreciate. If you would like to learn more about the American history in your area, visiting a historical landmark can be a great option. This list shows landmarks in every state across the country.

Volunteer in Your Local Community

Volunteering is always a great way to feel more involved in your community. Spending time caring for others can take the focus away from our own problems and put our circumstances back into perspective. It doesn’t have to be a formal organization, but if you’re new to volunteering, non-profits can be an excellent resource.

Honor Those That Fight for Our Freedoms

Let us not forget the brave men and women who have fought for the freedom we celebrate on Independence Day. Writing thank-you notes, visiting memorials, or just sitting down with a service member are all great ways to honor those who have put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms.

SHANE CHRISTOPHER

Nominated for Loan Officer of the Year by ASREB in 2017 and a Mortgage Loan Officer since 2013, Shane holds more than 30 years of customer sales and service career experience, Gilbert-based Shane Christopher serves as a Mortgage Advisor with Geneva Financial. He is renowned—and respected—for a hometown attitude of service with a smile and treating clients like family.