Ready for the 4th of July

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Yes, the New Year is just over a month old, we’re still in winter mode, and spring seems forever and a day away. But, before you know it, the 4thof July will be upon us! Americans love celebrating Independence Day for so many reasons. 

First one is because we get a paid day off. Even if you forgo all the activities that are associated with this day and stay in your jammies the entire time, it is a day off to be enjoyed. Second reason this holiday is popular is the food that comes along. People are having backyard bar-b-ques and beach or lake side cookouts. And a third reason that the 4thof July is popular would be the awesome display of bright colors and loud bangs and pops that come from the fireworks.

Entertainment Prior To The Main Event

So, if you choose to participate in the holiday celebration, you know that it can have some dull time in between the eating and the fireworks, especially for the kiddos.  So be prepared this year and bring along some outdoor lawn games. A favorite at gatherings like this is horse shoes.  There isn’t a date as to when this became a game, but there is nothing more fun than family and friends teaming up in twos and going at a few rounds.

Or how about Bocce Ball? This colorful game with several balls is said to come from Brittan, France, or the Roman Empire. They each take credit for creating the game and the form we know it in today came from Italy. What we do know for sure is that it is a game for adults and kids and is sure to make the time go by.

And there is Rollors! In comparison, it is the newest of the games listed above, but it has taken a surge in popularity and can be played by kids of all ages. From your 92-year-old grandma to your 2-year-old nephew, you’re sure to have a hit on your hands with Rollors. And it comes in a compact, convenient carrying bag that will pack away in the trunk with ease and not take up a lot of room.

Fireworks Safety Is A Must!

Once the burgers and dogs are gone, and the games have played out, it will be time to shoot off the fireworks – the beloved American tradition that kids can seem to get enough of, well a lot of adults can’t either, let’s be honest. But as the adults, it is our job to make sure that the aaaahhhhhhs, ooooooooos, and the exciting fun of watching the bright colors explode are done safely. With that in mind, we offer the following suggestions:

  • Read The Labels Before Lighting
  • Small Children Should Not Be Allowed to Handle Fireworks Solo
  • Never Leave The Kids Alone and Unattended, Including Teens.
  • Keep All The Fireworks A Safe Distance From Flammable Objects.
  • Have A Water Hose Or Fire Extinguisher Oh Hand.

 Talking to small children ahead of time about the events of the day will help, but remember, the loud noises that come with shooting off fireworks scare most small children and pets. Be prepared to take them both indoor until the big bangs are done for the night. And remember to talk to the younger kids what this holiday is about, the meaning behind the 4thof July and the celebrations that come with it. Even the teenagers and adults could use a refresher course!

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