Each year we have the honor of celebrating our country’s birthday! All the way back in 1776, our founding fathers started signing the Declaration of Independence! This declaration helped us break free and become an independent nation, that is now filled with opportunities, a variety of culture and a fun holiday that celebrates our freedom, country and summer!
The Fourth of July is the perfect holiday for many reasons, one being the time of year we celebrate it! It’s right in the middle of summer, and almost always beautiful weather! But this year, how can we make this holiday different from all the other years?
Get outside & be active!
There are so many different activities, events going on over the Fourth of July holiday, start looking now! In your city, see what festivals are going on and check if there are any fun-runs too! Don’t forget that the holidays are always heavy on eating, so try to find festivals to attend for walking and 5k runs before you grill out and eat the rest of the weekend! There is an amazing app that you can download called Meetup, where you can search for meetup groups based on your interests! It’s a great way to meet people if you’re new to a city or find some people that share your common interests.
Have an amazing cookout with your loved ones
Grilling out is a 4th of July essential. Gathering a group of your friends, family, neighbors and cooking your favorite food, chilling out by the pool and drinking some beers is one of the best ways to celebrate the holiday! At Zeitgeist gifts, we have an amazing selection of BBQ and summer products, from unique corn holders and drink coasters, to frisbees and cute pool bags! Make this year’s Fourth one to remember with your cool new gifts from Zeitgeist!
Go camping!Invite your closest friends or family and make a weekend out of it! Find what campsites are near your city and make a small drive for a weekend filled with fun, sun, grilling out and quality time with those you love! Camping is a wonderful way to get out of the crazy city and enjoy nature. Make it even more special with some of our outdoor products that are perfect for bringing camping. Remember that spending a lot of time outdoors puts you at risk for sunburn. There is currently an app out there called Wolfram Sun Exposure that actually calculates how long your skin can handle the sun before burning based on your personal skin type, if you used sunscreen, and your location!
Show your patriotism
Find your local parade and attend, see what you can do to volunteer during your city’s festival and don’t forget to hang your flag! Be proud of your traditions, your country and how far it has come. Almost every city has a parade and a festival that goes along with it - ending in fireworks. Finding volunteer opportunities is a wonderful way to give back, meet new people, and be a good example to your children!
Make your own ice cream - kick the can!
Making ice cream is a perfect outdoor activity for your children, and it actually turns out great! All you need for this recipe is the following:
One large metal coffee can
One small metal coffee can that can fit inside the large one
1 cup whipping cream
½ teaspoon of vanilla
½ cup sugar
1 cup of milk
Basically, all you do for this simple recipe is add all the ingredients into the small coffee tin, and seal it with duct tape. Then place the small tin into the large tin and surrounding the small tin with ice and rock salt. Seal the large tin and begin kicking the can! After about 20-30 minutes and a couple times of refilling the ice and rock salt, put in the freezer for 20 minutes before serving! It’s delicious and fun!
Make root beer floats!
One of the most American treats, make root beer floats for your family! Pick up a quart or half gallon of vanilla custard/ice cream from your local ice cream shop and buy some A&W root beer! Place two scoops of ice cream into your cup and fill the rest with root beer! It’s an easy and unique treat that the kids and adults will enjoy!
Create your own firework show
Find your local firework shop and load up on fireworks! Create your own show in your yard that night! Note: Make sure you check your laws and regulations regarding fireworks in your neighborhood before spending any money!
Have a safe and Happy Fourth of July!