5 Activities for an Epic 4th of July

posted on Mon, Jun 20 2016 8:00 am by Daniel W. Hatcher, National Out-of-School Advisor

Are you ready for a healthy, budget-friendly and fun 4th of July? Here are 5 simple activities to try, including lots of extension resources to keep the fun going all summer long.

Patriotic and Healthy Snacks

Check out this throwback red, white and blue fruit salad from the USDA. Feeling competitive? Host a staff competition for the most festive and fun fruit-filled creation. Our nutrition advisor Stephanie is a fan of red, white and berry yogurt parfaits and flag fruit kebobs. 

Community Builders

Take time to get to know your neighbors and foster unity. Lead a neighborhood Photovoice adventure. Create your own hashtag and share photos with community members and decision-makers via social media. End with a healthy potluck to build stronger relationships between families and community services. Use this time to discuss what initial steps need be taken to create safer routes to schools, parks and community centers.

Boredom Busters

Keep younger children moving and put some kapow into your summer with learning-based games like Alphabet Relay (page 11). Ask children to come up with patriotic vocabulary words then hop and skip your way to a boredom-free day. If you want even more social studies energizers? Here are 20+! If you have spring cleaning planned over the weekend, upcycle old materials and let kids create their own yard games. Afterwards, cool down with some fun fruit infused water (try frozen raspberries or lemon slices).

Park Adventures

Find a local park and make #SuperJuly memories for Park and Recreation Month. Before venturing out, create a scavenger hunt of things you might find; grab your camera and put your photography skills to the test. After the fireworks show, wind down by sharing your favorite images. Don’t forget to tag @NRPA if you post photos to Instagram and use #SuperParkSelfie to enter and win a $500 gift card from the National Recreation and Park Association.

Budget Savers

Holiday weekends can strain your budget, try visiting your local farmer's market to stretch your fruit and vegetable budget. Need a quick recipe? Feed six for under six with this grilled vegetable recipe. Looking for easier clean up? Try this grilled vegetable packet recipe. Don’t miss these two printables, “Tips to Help You Eat Vegetables” and “July: Think about Portion Control.”