10 Ways to Celebrate the 4th of July!



By Cumberland Valley Heating and Air Conditioning 

 

10 Ways to Celebrate America on the 4th! 

July-4th

Our country has a healthy appreciation and an unquenchably insatiable appetite to celebrate our nation’s holidays in a familiar competitive spirit. Traditions add rhyme and texture to our lives; they bind us together and give us something to look forward to. It is quintessentially American, some would say by divine providence, that our inherent nature is to compete with our family, neighbors and friends for the superlative “most American” award on the celebration of nation’s birthday.

 

Below are 10 ways you can celebrate America’s birthday with your friends, family and neighbors:

 

1)   Hang a flag – Rise early and hang Old Glory on your front porch. What better way to America your day than displaying those venerable stars and stripes, our eternal symbol of the greatest nation on earth.

2)   Attend a parade – Every small town or municipality has a hometown 4th of July parade where families of respective communities gather to watch Uncle Sam on stilts and Shriners scare the daylights out of concerned mothers who invariably whisper, “Don’t get too close to the street, Billy.” 4th of July parades are America’s most stoic pastime; it’s a nostalgia of community and gathering and it’s a great way to celebrate our nation’s history. You know those George Washington wool costumes must be hot, so bring extra water for our costumed founder fathers.

3)   Make some homemade ice cream – Seriously, what could be more American than making homemade ice cream on the 4th of July? We cannot think of anything.

4)   Buy copious amounts of fireworks – Quick, when you think of the 4th of July, what comes to mind? Fireworks. Fireworks. Fireworks. Find a local fireworks stand and before you buy, bask in the aroma of sulfur and black powder permeating from the plywood shacks. Just be careful of those M-80’s; those things can leave a mark.

5)   Go see a blockbuster movie – The 4th of July has been historically the day major motion picture companies release some of the biggest blockbusters. Head over to your local movie theater or outdo your neighbor by heading to your local drive-in. Be courageous and demand that all movies must include Will Smith and Harrison Ford as the lead actor.

6)   Attend a band concert – If you live in a small town like we do, you probably know that at the center of your public park should be a band shell. Take your family for some good old-fashioned fun and enjoy the sounds of America. Most community bands host 4th of July concerts featuring some of America’s best music. You’ll be whistling Sousa marches for weeks! Usually the 4th of July band concerts are later in the evening, so pack a picnic basket and bring some lemonade.

7)   Throw a Block Party – Spontaneously knock on all your neighbors’ doors and throw a block party on the 4th! All the dads can bring over the coolers, meat and “beverages,” and the mom’s can bring over the salads, desserts and Macaroni and Cheese platters. The kids can bring the Sparklers and water balloons.

8)   Fire up the Grill – Family cookouts are a great way to celebrate America. This is where you let the guy’s duke it for the best steak and burger awards. Just let them go; things can get highly competitive. In Maryland, no cookout is complete without dozens of cans of Old Bay, crabs, crab legs and assorted dishes made from…crabs.

9)   Watch Fireworks – After firing off your own fireworks and hopefully avoiding a visit from your local fire department to your backyard, head on over to the “big show.” Usually every town in America has a collective spot where families meet and watch a monster fireworks display, some lasting nearly an hour. Fireworks are the perfect way to end a day of family, fun, food and patriotism.

10) Read excerpts from Declaration of Independence and the Constitution – It is important, especially for our children, to understand why we celebrate this day and what it means to all Americans. The Declaration of Independence is THE grand pooh bah of all documents that declared our independence from Great Britain and set in motion this great American experiment. Talk about the history that followed the signing of the Declaration and the sacrifices rendered by our men and women who wore and wear our nation’s uniforms. Remember that this day would never have been possible without the courage of our forefathers who had a vision for freedom and liberty for all.

 

On behalf of Cumberland Valley Heating and Air Conditioning, have a wonderful and safe 4th of July!

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