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5 Ways to Bring Your Family Together on Independence Day


When we think of celebrating the Fourth of July, we often envision fireworks, backyard barbecues, and parades. However, above all else, we associate this holiday with family. Family lies at the heart of all celebrations, and each person has a story about how they celebrated the 4th of July as a child. Memories like making a blueberry pie with your grandmother or witnessing your favorite uncle spiking the watermelon sustain us and are passed down to our children.


Times have changed, and many of us no longer live close to our extended family. The growing isolation has made us long for the connectedness we once felt. The 4th of July presents a wonderful opportunity for families to reunite and foster hope for future generations. Creating a summer memory associated with Independence Day for your child is an excellent way to add sparkle to your holiday and cultivate closeness within your family. Here are four suggestions that can help:


  1. Host a family get-together: If you live near your extended family, plan a barbecue in your backyard or at a local park. Do what you can, and don't hesitate to ask for assistance if your family is large. For families that have experienced loss in the past year, displaying old photos on the host table can help evoke cherished memories that can be shared by all.

  2. Share your family history with your grandchildren: Most families have relatives who have served in the military. The 4th of July is a perfect occasion to discuss the significance of these family members and their contributions to our country. Reminding your children of the bravery and commitment to freedom demonstrated by their relatives fosters a sense of connection and pride in their heritage.

  3. Engage in a project that creates lasting memories: Whether it involves making strawberry and blueberry shortcake or preparing another special 4th of July traditional treat, cooking old recipes with children and grandparents imparts the value of teamwork and the expression of love through serving others. Additionally, it provides children with a sense of accomplishment upon completing a project, boosting their confidence.

  4. Teach your children how the family relies on one another for support: The concept of interdependence is best learned within the confines of the family. Everyone has a unique role and responsibility, and when children perceive the significance of their contributions, they feel closer to their family. Assigning simple tasks or chores to children, such as setting the table, distributing desserts, or clearing dirty dishes, plays a vital role in their overall well-being.

  5. Conclude the day with sparklers and s'mores in the backyard: Nothing encapsulates the essence of summer like s'mores enjoyed around a campfire, accompanied by lively conversations and the sharing of memories. Whether the fireworks display is grand, or you opt for DIY tissue paper sparklers, what matters most is sharing the experience with parents, family, and friends. The sound of children's laughter as they devour their s'mores and the exchange of amusing stories about growing up foster a sense of closeness, leaving everyone feeling more connected and grateful.


The family serves as the backbone of our community and country. By fostering a strong sense of family and celebrating the bond we share, we can weather challenging times. It doesn't have to be flawless; authenticity is what truly matters. - Mary Jo Rapini


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