The Fourth of July is a time to appreciate our freedom and independence as Americans. Celebrating this occasion with friends and members of your community perpetuates pride and unity. This Independence Day, spend time with people in your community to build a stronger bond and honor to the freedoms we fought and continue to fight for as a nation.
Take into consideration these tips for a Fourth of July celebration focused on our shared values of freedom and justice and building community.
Celebrating the 4th of July in Washington, D.C. Courtesy: ufdc.org
Haley's 4 Ways to Celebrate Independence Day While Fostering Community
- Join a Block Party: Many neighborhoods and towns have yearly block parties that are sure to spark the red, white, and blue spirit in you. These gatherings are a time to get to know other families in your community and while honoring our country's history.
- Find a Local Program: Downtown firework shows or parades are events that many cities offer to their citizens. Find a rooftop or parking garage, grab a few friends and enjoy the light show in the sky.
- Seek out Volunteer Opportunities: The Fourth of July should be a time of celebration but it is also a time to give back to the people who fight to keep our country a free nation. Seek out an organization to volunteer with in your community such as the United Services Organization (USO) or the Wounded Warrior Project to support men and women in the military who selflessly give their time and lives in service to our great country.
- Get Your #Sweatlife On : Sign up for a race for the Fourth of July and grab a few friends to join you. Running in your community supports and promotes a healthy and active America. Some races may even be for a charity or military event.
Celebrating the Fourth of July with people in your community not only brings you closer as friends but also as Americans. Find some way to get involved with friends, family, and members of your community as a gesture of patriotism and a time to remember and celebrate the men and women who have dedicated their lives to their country in pursuit of liberty, justice, and democracy.
A food enthusiast and native Georgia Peach, Haley recently graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelors of Science in Sustainable Development. Currently working at the United States House of Representatives, she is passionate about the outdoors, improved access to quality education for all, public policy, and documenting “from stress to success in the city.” Click here to read more about and connect with Haley.
Edited by Viviana Hurtado, Ph.D.How do you plan on celebrating the Fourth of July?