Many people believe the Fourth of July is a time to host parties and have fun with family and friends. Although this is a time to enjoy the company of others, it's also an important time to pay respect to the men and women who have fought and are still fighting to keep America free.
1. Teach your kids about Independence Day
A great way to keep the true meaning of July 4 present is to teach your youngsters why we celebrate this day. Take the kids to your local library to check out books about the heroes that fought for the country. Many websites also offer kid-friendly history lessons, so it may be a great idea to browse some of the sites as a family.
2. Host a spirited gathering
Once your children understand the real reason we celebrate on July 4, it can be a great idea to host a party for friends and family to embrace the American spirit. A fun idea to get everyone in the patriotic mood is to make the party a red, white and blue potluck affair. Have all guests bring a dish that is at least one color of the American flag – be sure to take a picture of the buffet, as it's a sight you won't soon want to forget.
3. Place flowers on lost loved ones' graves
If any of your family members fought in American wars – whether the present war or one long ago, it can be nice to honor them on Independence Day – July 4th by placing a bouquet of patriotic flowers at their grave. An arrangement like Sweet Liberty by Teleflora is a perfect option as the collection of red white and blue flowers comes in a bright blue pedestal bowl that can be reused to place more flowers at the grave in the future.
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