Happy birthday to America, turning 244 this 2020!
We know this year’s celebration is going to look a little different this year for many Americans. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still celebrate! To help you get ready for what we think could be your best Fourth of July yet, we’ve put together some great tips to make the most out of this year’s Independence Day.
Tip #1 First, invest in a fan
Considering you’ll probably want to be outside a lot this Fourth of July, you’re going to want a fan. It serves an even greater purpose than keeping you cool; the moving air is also a natural mosquito repellent. This way, you can enjoy the great outdoors feeling cooler and without swatting mosquitos all night.
Tip #2 Make sure your pets are ready for the fireworks
Since a lot of fireworks shows are canceled, you can probably expect to hear a lot more fireworks going around your neighborhood. Whether you plan to watch a “drive in” firework show or light some yourself, you can keep your pet feeling calm with a thunder jacket. If you don’t have one, check out this photo for an easy DIY.
Tip #3 Make some Fourth of July themed foods
You’ll probably be at home this Fourth of July, but you can still get in the spirit! To get you thinking about Independence Day, why not try cooking some patriotic foods? A few ideas:
- Bake a pie and decorate it with stars, like this one, maybe?
- Make an American flag cake. Seriously, it’s as simple as adding some strawberries and blueberries. Check it out!
- Of course, there’s always grilling some traditional bbq, so long as it reminds you of childhood favorites and America! If you need inspiration, here are some ideas.
Tip #4 And some simple Watermelon Juice to go along with it
Watermelon as a drink? Yes! It’s delicious and simple. Watermelon is a reminder great times in the summer. This time around, try turning your favorite side dish into your favorite drink.
For easy instructions, check out this recipe.
Tip #5 But more importantly, brush up on your history
History is so important to remember. Take some time to learn how The United States came to be, starting with July 4, 1776 when the Declaration of Independence was signed. This Fourth of July, take some time to reread the events that took place so you can truly know the meaning of the day’s celebration.
Tip #6 Memorize at least one amendment in the Bill of Rights
Speaking of Independence Day, why not celebrate your freedoms by learning more about them? The first ten amendments to the Constitution of the United States are known as the Bill of Rights, which lists out each freedom you are guaranteed as an American citizen.
Without the events that took place in 1776, there would be no Bill of Rights. So make sure you know at least one of them and memorize it this Fourth of July. Then you can cite it to your friends like a pro.
Tip #7 Drive somewhere nearby and soak up some local history
You might be thinking there isn’t much “Fourth of July” history in Idaho. And yes, while we may not be near Revolutionary War historical sites, taking time to appreciate history anywhere in the US certainly counts! Here are a couple places in Idaho that likely aren’t too far from you:
- Drive along the Greenbelt. Enjoy a beautiful, quiet scenery in the great outdoors.
- Take an adventure to Shoshone Falls, Hells Canyon or another beautiful state park. As Theodore Roosevelt said, “Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders.”
- Idaho Museum of Natural History. For thousands of years of history, try visiting a museum.
We know our students are all over Idaho, so these are just a few ideas. Find somewhere you want to go and explore today! Nothing more American than appreciating its natural beauty. Plus, it’s pretty easy to social distance out in the open. 😉
Tip #8 Above all, spend the day with someone you care about
Of course, the best part of any holiday is that you can surround yourself with people you love. Maybe you can’t all physically be together this year, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t connect through Zoom or FaceTime. And whoever can physically be there will be such a gift! Whether it’s a significant other or family and friends, be sure to spend your Independence with people you care about.