Have a Picnic
The key to a good picnic is great food and an activity that gets everyone to participate. The activity doesn't have to be physical in nature. After all, you can have a fabulous conversation that gets your friends involved, also. In the spirit of Independence Day, have each of your friends mention one thing they are grateful for, or one item that embodies independence for them.
If you're having the gang to your house, why not make some 4th of July inspired foods? Here are a few from the many guides here at About.com:
- Patriot Cupcakes
These are an update to that famous "flag cake" that so many of us make for Independence Day. The blueberries and stripes add a fun touch.
- Red, White and Blue Potato Salad
Is it ever really a picnic without potato salad? This recipe adds a unique touch on the color front, and will go perfectly with the occasion.
- Garlic, Fennel and Orange Grilled Chicken Recipe
American Food Guide John Mitzewich says, "When your brain wants chicken, but your heart wants Italian sausage, this easy grilled chicken recipe is for you."
Make it a yearly tradition to watch the fireworks display in your hometown with your friends. Going to see the fireworks can follow a day at the beach or a picnic, and rounds out an Independence Day get-together nicely. Nearly every town in America offers a fireworks display, but not all of them happen on the fourth. Check your local Chamber of Commerce for the time and location in your area.
Have a Movie Marathon
Not every 4th of July boasts sunny skies. If you're stuck inside, why not gather some friends and have a patriotic movie marathon. Make some red, white, and blue popcorn and settle in for a relaxing day with friends. Some movies suggestions:
Not only is this "rags to riches" story very American, the timeframe of the movie is at the height of the bicentennial. Red, white, and blue boxing shorts, anyone?
- Independence Day
If you're going to watch a movie on the 4th of July, why not make it one named for the holiday? Will Smith battles aliens in this one.
- Forrest Gump
This might seem like an odd choice for the patriotic movie category, but the main character loves his country and manages to make history over and over again despite a handicap. You can't help but to be inspired.