This will be the first year in several that we will be home for the week of the 4th of July. We are so excited to focus on a simple celebration in our sweet hometown. As we try to live this summer at a slower pace, these relaxed days of summer give us a chance to think about our country and take pride in where we live.
Here's how we plan to keep this holiday week as American and simple as possible:
1. We kicked off the celebration as American as it gets with a baseball game.
2. Fireworks! Watching them from the back of our vehicle after the baseball game was exactly what we needed to help one of our children feel safe. I think this may have actually solved his fear because he was able to see how beautiful they were from afar without the noise. And by avoiding the crowds it made the experience feel more intimate and sweet.
3. Attend a town parade.
4. Eat an all American hot dog.
5. Sparklers. We enjoy the outing of finding a popup fireworks store almost just as much as the sparklers.
6. Find a bakery selling apple pie.
7. Sing the National Anthem (making sure kids know all the words).
8. Read about American history together.
9. Find a military man or woman and thank them for their service.
10. Watch Top Gun (do you really need an excuse?)