GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV)-West Michigan! It’s time to sport your red, white and blue! Fourth of July is coming up quickly, and this year, our nation is celebrating 245 years of independence!
Here are some creative activities to spend the holiday with family and friends…
Have a backyard BBQ
Nothing screams Fourth of July like a good ole backyard barbecue! Heat up the grill and enjoy a delicious meal with your loved ones.
If traditional barbecue isn’t your thing, but you’re still looking to fire up the grill, then check out this cool list of 5 Unusual things you didn’t know you could grill.
Try a new recipe
Fourth of July or any other day this summer is the perfect opportunity to try a new recipe. What’s better than enjoying the sunshine and a tasty meal at the same time?
Put your MasterChef skills to the test by trying 10 yummy passing dishes for those 4th of July cookouts.
Take a scenic walk with the family
Summer months mean gorgeous weather! If you want to step outdoors and bask in the sun with your family, then why not take a walk? There are plenty of walking paths and hiking trails in West Michigan to explore.
Belt out those patriotic tunes
Are you a “The Star-Spangled Banner” song enthusiast? Is “God Bless the USA” your jam? No matter the patriotic song, Fourth of July is the most fitting time to sing these tunes to the top of your lungs!
If you want to take your jam session up a notch, host a karaoke battle with your family.
Just search any patriotic song of your choice into YouTube’s search bar followed by “the karaoke version” and you’re good to go!
Camp out and indulge in delicious s’mores
Summer is the perfect season to go camping, but it wouldn’t be right to go camping without making the irresistible, yummy and super sweet treat known as s’mores! If you’re looking to upgrade the simple and traditional recipe, then check out this list of 8 reinvented s’mores recipes.
Host a safe fireworks show in your backyard
It wouldn’t be the Fourth of July without fireworks! Whether you plan on attending a fireworks show across West Michigan, or lighting a few (safely) in your neighborhood, there’s nothing like ending the holiday with a bang!
Here’s a look at firework shows to check out across town.
–Or ditch the outdoor fireworks and watch virtually
Outdoor fireworks aren’t for everyone. Luckily, there are ways to enjoy them right from home. Tune into virtual firework shows hosted by Macy’s, PBS, National Harbor and the National Archives Foundation.
Have a patriotic costume contest
Have some family fun by hosting a friendly costume competition! Wear your best Fourth of July costume or red, white and blue attire and designate a few relatives to be the judge!
Make some patriotic popsicles
Whipping up a batch of these frozen treats for the Fourth of July is not only a great way to stay on theme, but they’ll keep you cool in the summer heat. Learn how to make these Patriotic Popsicles using Preppy Kitchen’s recipe.
Grab some ice cream with the family
If you don’t have time to prep any desserts, but still want to fulfill your sweet tooth cravings, then grab some ice cream with your family! There are plenty of ice cream shops around West Michigan that you can visit.
We recommend calling these local business to confirm store hours during the holiday.
Redesign your sidewalk using chalk
Grab some chalk and unleash your inner artist! Decorate your side walk by drawing pictures of the American Flag, stars, fireworks, and phrases.
Show off your patriotism to the neighborhood
Upgrade your curb appeal by decorating the front yard in Fourth of July decorations! This is a great way to kill time before hosting a BBQ or attending a holiday event, and is a great way to get the kids involved!
Honor the heroes of our nation
Although Fourth of July is a time to enjoy delicious food, have fun with our loved ones, and watch fireworks, don’t forget to commemorate those who have made great sacrifices for our country. Take sometime to honor a soldier or veteran by making a social media post, flying a flag, calling a family member or a friend who is military personnel, writing thank you notes, or even stopping by your local cemetery to drop off/donate flowers to fallen heroes.
Have a patriotic movie night
Sit back, relax and enjoy a few movies with your loved ones this weekend. There are many patriotic themed movies that you can stream at home such as “Captain America”, “Independence Day”, and “Lincoln” to name a few.