4th of July Celebration Ideas That Help Others
The 4th of July holiday is all about coming together. We celebrate this holiday by honoring our great country and all those who live in it. This Independence Day, take some time to think about the less fortunate living in America. Here are some ways that you can celebrate the 4th while helping others.
Host a BBQ
The 4th of July is the perfect excuse to fire up the grill. Grab a couple extra burgers when you head to the grocery store and invite over more people. Know a family in your neighborhood struggling this summer? Invite them over for a home cooked meal. This could be the first meal they’ve had all day. Spending time with others is a great way to make friends and keep spirits high. You could even donate any leftovers to local homeless shelters or personally deliver them to those in need.
Studies show that volunteering is good for you. So spend some time this Independence Day helping out those in need. With the kids home from school and a few days off for the holiday, now is the perfect time to volunteer. Animal shelters are always looking for dogs walkers and people to feed the kittens. Students can volunteer to tutor children during summer to help them before school starts back up. You can also volunteer at libraries, soup kitchens and hospitals.
Cheer on a Team Mate
When the 4th of July rolls by, summer sports are in full swing. Local athletic clubs sponsor soccer, baseball, swimming and even softball. If your child has a friend on a different team, stop by a cheer them on during their game. There’s nothing better than knowing that someone supports you. So give your child, their teammates and their friends an extra pat on the back when things don’t go their way. Be sure to clap and cheer loudly when they make a good play or score a goal. For those parents looking to stay involved in sports, offer to help coach a youth team! This is a great opportunity for you to use your knowledge for good. Plus, you’ll be a great role model for the children in your area.
Say Thank You to Someone in Service
The 4th of July holiday is all about America. What better way to celebrate it than by thanking those who work to keep our country safe? Firefighters, Police Officers, and emergency workers don’t get holidays off. So be sure to stop and thank the firefighters working the fireworks show. Or bring a plate of food to your local police station. You never know just how much a simple act of gratitude can positively affect someone.
Offer to Drive
When a few kids in your neighborhood are all attending the same party, offer to drive them. Carpooling is the best way to save gas, and has a positive impact on the environment. It’s also a good way to build positive relationships with people in your community. Offering to drive will let you know that your child, along with the others, make it to and from their destination safely.
Visit a Family Member
One special part about holidays is being able to spend it with family. However, for some, trips aren’t as easy to make. Take some time to visit a retirement home near you. It will also create new experiences and give children the opportunity to hear new stories. If you have elderly family members living nearby, stop by for a while. It reminds them that they are loved and can help bring back positive memories.
Clean up a Park
Summer is the time where kids roam free. For the little ones, local parks are the best way to relieve them of energy while encouraging exercise outdoors. Set-up a neighborhood crew to clean up a nearby park. Scrub away graffiti, pick up trash, or repaint the playground. These are all great ways to ensure that every child in the neighborhood had a wonderful time. Parents will spend less time worrying about their children’s safety and more time planning their holiday vacations.
Start a Fundraiser
With all of the children home for a few months, starting a fundraiser is an easy way to keep them busy. Hosting garage sales, lemonade stands, or donation tables at a local store are all easy ways to raise money. Let your children pick a nonprofit and donate the money you make. Operation Warm has a great DIY fundraising page that will help show you how to start a fundraiser. Giving money to those in need is a perfect way to help others while celebrating America’s independence.