Family Friendly 4th!

How will you celebrate the country’s independence tomorrow? Here are a few ideas for celebrations from around the country. Learn history, immerse yourself in the natural wonders of the Nation, or if these destinations are too far from home we also have a few family fun backyard activities.

What could be a better place to celebrate the Nation’s independence than on the National Mall in Washington, DC? Visit the Smithsonian museum, the Capitol or head out to Mt. Vernon to soak in the history of our country.  

Acadia National Park/Bar Harbor, Maine – Spend your day in the park hiking, and taking in the beautiful landscape and then, enjoy Maine Blueberries and watch a spectacular fireworks display in Bar Harbor.

Charleston, SC is also a great location to learn Americas’ History – Stroll cobblestone streets learning about plantations, pirates and southern hospitality. The harbor is a lovely setting for fireworks shot off the USS Yorktown, take the kids to the Aquarium for the best views.

Mount Rushmore – What a better way to spend the 4th than with the presidents, get out and hike the mountains, enjoy South Dakota’s wilderness, then celebrate by watching the sunset over the mountain.

Sea World Summer Nights – Celebrate with Shamu, and a fireworks show. The special 4th of July, celebration begins at 6:00 pm. Celebrate on both coast with Sea World San Diego, Sea World Orlando, and Sea World San Antonio.

Can’t get to one of these destinations here are a few family friendly activities for the 4th.

Historic scavenger hunt – create clues and document a scavenger hunt in your own town, or even neighborhood. Kids will learn facts and have fun at the same time. Take pictures to create a scrapbook to share!

Create your own parade – Let kid’s create with patriotic outfits and craft hats and streamers, decorate bikes, maybe even a dog collar and put on a parade for your backyard barbeque.

Patriotic Games – Host your own backyard Olympics, where kids can participate in race events, a game of volleyball or badminton, even a challenging game of croquet. Make crowns or medals to hand out and play the national anthem when crowning the winners.

Whether you spend your 4th at one of these historic locations or just in your backyard have a safe holiday!

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