Our Favorite Independence Day Activities to Make 4th of July a Blast

Happy 4th of July, Middletown! Independence Day is one of our favorite holidays here at Great Miami Dental. It’s a time to reconnect with family and friends as we take part in a hot dog eating contest and later watch the fireworks. A chance to bond with the kids making red, white, and blue recipes or try out some Independence Day DIY crafts. For this and more ways to celebrate the 4th with a bang, keep on reading.

Watch the 4th of July fireworks show.

Fireworks shows in Middletown, Ohio, are the stuff of legends. Celebrate Independence Day watching the skydivers with fireworks strapped to their legs at Berachah Church. Decorate your vehicle in red, white, and blue and attend the Middletown’s Proud to Be an American parade with the entire family. Be sure to confirm through the county website the exact time of the event and keep updated on COVID-19 guidelines.

Pack a picnic.

Want to take advantage of the great weather and spend the 4th of July outdoors? Great. Pack your favorite picnic—snacks, hamburgers, hotdogs, you name it—and head to a park. Picnicking is a wonderful pastime for everyone to enjoy as you watch the parade and wait for the fireworks to start. Don’t forget to carry some patriotic board games for those times you just want to sit and take in the fresh air while also entertaining your kids.

Try red, white, and blue recipes.

Perhaps the most fun part about Independence Day celebrations is the food. Turn things up a notch this year and try making all your favorite recipes but with one catch: they must all be either red, white, or blue. This is the time to try out all those food pins from Pinterest you’ve saved the past months and never got around to making. Go ahead and unleash your inner Rachel Ray: make those star-spangled ice cream cones, flag cheesecake cookie bars, or even red-white-and-blue berry pizza. Get a little (or a lot!) creative in your 4th of July recipes.

Make a 4th of July craft

If you know your way around scissors and paper trimmers more than whisks and knives, that’s alright too. Try making bright and beautiful Independence Day crafts. Use cardboard tubes and sparkling embellishments to create 4th of July rockets for the kids to play with, or if you want to get your hands dirty, find a white sheet and help your little ones paint fireworks on it. You may even choose to forgo the trademark 4th of July store-bought wreath this year and instead jazz up your front door with one of your DIY crafts. When it comes to making patriotic crafts, your imagination is your only limit. So snip, glue, and tie to your heart’s content.

Host a hot dog–eating contest…

Legend has it that in one of the early 20th-century 4th of July celebrations, four immigrants argued over who was the most patriotic. To settle their dispute, they decided to have a hot dog–eating contest. Thus began the long-held tradition of having hot dogs on Independence Day. Let’s follow in our forefathers’ footsteps and celebrate the 4th of July with a good ole hot dog–eating contest. And if churning down sausages between bread isn’t for you, try different relishes and mustards on your dog and see who can come up with the tastiest hot dog.

…Or a classic American barbecue.

Corn on the cob, burgers, barbecue ribs: having an all-American feast is the perfect way to celebrate the 4th with the whole family. Since it’s already hot and humid outside, stick to a low-fuss menu. Set up a make-your-own burger and hot dog bar. Or put pretzels, nachos, tortillas, and dips in different bowls on the same tray so everyone can easily mix and match their favorite options. Of course, if someone asks to bring food, take them up on their offer—you can never have too much on the 4th.

Write a “Declaration of Independence.”

Sure, many of us can recall the “We hold these truths to be self-evident” passages of the Declaration of Independence but do you also know the 27 written grievances that prompted the creation of this document? There’s no better time than the 4th for the whole family to dig a little deeper into America’s most cherished symbol of liberty. Write your own “Declaration of Independence” as a family and capture the convictions of your heart and soul. Or perform Samuel Adams’, “On American Independence” speech to understand America’s founding ideals and John Quincy Adams’ address celebrating the Declaration of Independence.

A 4th of July all about smiles.

If you’re having a hard time getting into the spirit of things because of your teeth, we’re here for you. Our Middletown, OH, dental office is all about smiles and keeping our patients’ teeth and gums healthy. Schedule an appointment with us and get your smile ready for the Independence Day festivities.