For many Americans, the Fourth of July is an occasion filled with festive parades, family barbecues in the backyard and fireworks lighting up the night sky. But with some celebrations scaled back this year, you may be wondering how you can put the fun back in the Fourth. Well, we have a few ideas for fun Fourth of July activities for seniors, juniors and everyone in between. From berry picking and boat cruises to balloon tosses and baseball, there’s bound to be something to make your Fourth fabulous. Take a look.
Throw a Backyard Barbecue
Fire up the grill, set up the picnic table, and have yourself a traditional Fourth of July celebration. You can keep it simple with hot dogs, brats and burgers, or kick it up a notch with steak kebabs or barbecued chicken. A clambake isn’t out of the question, especially if you live in the Northeast. Plan a potluck picnic to make preparation easy. Don’t forget the lemonade, watermelon and sparklers.
Play Outdoor Games
For some friendly competition, get friends and family together in the backyard or the park. Take your pick of popular games, such as cornhole, Jenga, croquet, badminton, or horseshoes. If the weather’s warm, a water balloon toss might be just the thing. You could also get creative and make your own giant bubbles with a mix of corn syrup and dish detergent. A wire coat hanger can be shaped into a bubble wand to make big, beautiful bubbles.
Head to the Beach
If you’re lucky enough to live within driving distance of a beach, grab a blanket or a beach chair for a day in the sun. No beach? You can still make a splash at the pool, soak up some sun and boost your Vitamin D levels (which is good for your bones).
Book a Day in the Backyard
If a quiet day in your own backyard is more your style, unfold that lounge chair and crack open a book on your summer reading list. If you’re looking for new authors, your local library, bookstore, or book club is sure to have some suggestions.
Go on a Boat Cruise
If you live near a river or lake, see if there are boat cruises available. In Chicago, river boat cruises glide past downtown skyscrapers and there are lakefront cruises that offer scenic views of the coast. For something less grandiose but lots of fun, rent a paddle boat. It’s a leisurely way to spend time on the water.
Take a Walk in the Park
The fresh air and exercise will boost your mood and get your Fourth off to a great start. If you’re feeling adventurous, why not pick a park you haven’t explored before? At Sedgebrook, we’re lucky to have lots of parks nearby, including Ryerson Wood Forest Preserve with 6.5 miles of trails that wind through the woods.
Hop on Your Bike
Before you get to the eating and partying part of the day, get some exercise in with a bike ride. Map out a trail you’re comfortable with and plan some fun stops along the way. If kids are part of the pack, decorate their bikes with colorful balloons to put your patriotic spirit on display.
Go Berry Picking
Locate a pick-your-own farm nearby, grab a container or two, and put on your hat and sunscreen. You can get back to nature and take home enough berries to last for months. Be sure to save some to make a red, white and blue dessert with strawberries, blueberries, and ice cream or cake icing.
Head to the Ballpark
Major League Baseball is back in swing with more fans allowed in the stands. New rules apply, so check with your team about buying tickets in advance and whether face masks are required. If you don’t have a pro team nearby, see if a local amateur team has a game scheduled. Or dust off the wiffle ball set in your closet and play ball in your backyard.
Attend an Outdoor Concert
Many communities put on free concerts on the Fourth. Depending on where you live, you’ll find everything from local bands to big name stars performing live outdoors. Some communities have postponed traditional festivities until Labor Day, so check with your town’s council.
Watch the Parade and Fireworks
Many towns put on an annual parade, though this year plans may be scaled back. Traditional Independence Day festivities include pancake breakfasts, charity runs, parades, live music, car shows, and local food and beverages. Fireworks displays end the festivities with a bang. Check with your municipality to see what’s happening in your town.
Every Day Is Independence Day at Sedgebrook
Our maintenance-free lifestyle gives residents more time to do the things they want. Instead of having to mow the lawn, clean the house, and do all the things that go with maintaining a home, Sedgebrook residents are free to pursue their interests and do what brings them joy and fulfillment. It’s life, your way at Sedgebrook. To learn more about our active, independent lifestyle, visit Our Community page.