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Introduction

Wondering about celebrating the Independence day? We bring you the Activities & Crafts for Independence Day.

Independence Day – or the Fourth of July – is a patriotic holiday to the Americans worldwide. Celebrated annually with gusto on July 4, it is one of the most significant holidays in the US. Maring the publication of the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain in 1776, Independence Day celebrations include patriotic displays, parades, fireworks, family events, and other activities organized throughout the United States on the 4th of July. Besides schools and colleges, most of the offices also remain closed during this Federal holiday. If the 4th of July is on a weekend, then the previous Friday or following Monday will be a holiday.

History of the Independence Day

American soldier saluting to an audience with a large American flag in the background


During the second year of the American Revolutionary War in July 1776, 13 North American colonies of Great Britain voted to announce themselves independent from the kingdom. Thus, the grand county of the independent United States of America was born. Even though this incident took place on the 2nd of July, it was two days later, the 4th of July, that the Declaration of Independence was signed. Since that year of 1776, Americans have celebrated the day with deep joy and respect.

Philadelphians were the first to celebrate the anniversary of Independence Day in 1777. It was just a spontaneous celebration, and the actual name “Independence Day” was not a part of it. Independence Day celebrations had only become common after the War of 1812.

From 1812 onwards, the 4th of July gradually became the most important secular holiday for the Americans. However, July 4 was not declared a paid federal holiday before the 20th century.

Croatia was the very first country to recognize the United States in 1776 – just a tidbit.

Festivities of the Fourth of July

Just like the signers of the Declaration pledged their vows to secure American independence in 1776, the 4th of July remains a day for making a commitment to the country.

Many families display the national flag of America outside their homes or buildings. Some families arrange small picnics where they have barbecue parties. Watermelon and hotdog eating competitions are also quite common.

Many sports events are arranged throughout the country. You can also see fireworks from all the communities. Some even make it a point to take a vacation to spend the day in some beaches or resorts. All these activities beautifully manifests the vibe of this historic day.

The national monument that is highly associated with Independence Day is the Statue of Liberty. In 1876, France gifted this historic sculpture to America to commemorate American Independence’s hundredth anniversary. Reading about the beautiful story of this monument is another thing you should do on this Independence Day.

Crafts for Independence Day

American Flag

Indoor 4th of July activities includereading patriotic quotes to the kids, watching patriotic movies, and of course, making patriotic crafts with family members.

You don’t need a lot of things to make your patriotic crafts –

  • A hot glue gun 
  • A bit of burlap
  • Every red, white, and blue art supply you can get your hands on!

These will be more than enough. Patriotic paper chains, teddy mascots, snack pots, star wreath, pinwheel rosettes, tissue paper firework banners, and paper flags are a lot of craft options to give your house a patriotic decoration.

After you are done with the 4th of July crafts and decoration, you can start baking the cake that can serve as the centerpiece to your perfect patriotic crafts and décor.

Find a gallery of clear and straightforward craft ideas for the 4th of July at the end of the article.

Indoor and Outdoor Activities for Independence Day

Seniors have a deep emotional attachment to this historic day. It will highly delight them to participate in any of the arrangements to commemorate the day. Apart from taking them to the parades or festivities of the 4th of July celebrations, there are other inspiring things you could introduce to them. Happy 4th of July to all the seniors out there who have contributed to making this a country we pride ourselves on!

  • Arranging a sports competition (volleyball, table tennis, tennis, etc.) or even a kite competition can be a great idea to start the day.
  • Preparing a simple patriotic dessert with red, white, and blue jells is another good idea.
  • Playing American geography games or any other classic board games. Any game or activity that brings seniors together for a light-hearted conversation should also be excellent.
  • The day should end with watching a patriotic movie.

Another exciting 4th of July activity for adults is the “Red, White, and Blue Concentration” Game. It’s a simple group game where everyone gets 5 seconds to announce a red, white, or blue object in the sequence. The game is perfect for the senior as it incorporates faster mental processing and concentration.

These ideas mentioned above include both indoor and outdoor games for the seniors. However, when you decide to go outdoors, make sure you bring sufficient food, water, and a portable chair for them to rest and stay energized during the activities.

This 4th of July celebrations and fireworks might be somewhat limited or have a different look due to the distancing concerns regarding the Covid-19 situation. However, you still have all the opportunities to show how much you love your country.

Wishing you all a very Happy Independence Day 2020!

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