Our Fourth of July, or Independence Day, holiday here in the US is on a Wednesday this year. The day off will be a nice little mid-week break. Now, just because it’s on a weekday doesn’t mean we can’t have fun celebrating. Our church is planning a great community BBQ with games and contests for the kids so they’re definitely looking forward to that. Here are a few suggestions for making the day count this year:
- Family/Community Sports Tournament – Our church organized a soccer tournament for different age groups. Small prizes for the winners can be awarded (i.e. water guns, $5 gift cards, etc.)
- Patriotic Themed Picnic – An easy buffet of American snacks and food at home or at the park. Grab a blanket and relax under the shade. It doesn’t have to be anywhere fancy.
- Wilderness Day – Take a hike…literally! It’s so peaceful and relaxing. Trust me, that picnic I was telling you about will sound like heaven at the end. If you have little ones, you can teach them about different plants and little animals you may see along the way.
- Day at the Lake – I did this with my family recently and we had SUCH a blast. You can always rent jet skis and boats for fishing for a reasonable price once you’re there. I highly recommend this. Pack some quick sandwiches and drinks and you won’t need much else.
- One of the local high schools puts on a firework show for the community. It’s a great way to keep the neighborhoods clean, the children safe (I know how they love to be in there lighting up the fireworks) and to save some money. Fireworks are expensive! On that note, please check the paper or online for community events that may be similar to this!
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Have a happy and safe Independence Day holiday!
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When I was young, the fifth grade class at our school used to put together a “wax museum.” Each student would select a historical figure and write a summary about their life. Part of the assignment was to get a costume. The fifth grade teacher made makeshift buttons out of cardboard and the parents would come at different times, “push” the button and the student would recite his or her speech. It was such a great way to learn about important people in U.S. history.
Now, I know many of you have little ones today that will soon be celebrating President’s Day (note: this can also work for any 4th of July event). Some school assignments can get pretty pricey if the teachers require costumes (that is, if you’re thinking rentals). A friend of mine helped her younger brother put together a powdered wig for his president costume last year and it turned out great! Continue reading
Next month is the celebration of our country’s independence again. I can already hear the sound of Disneyland’s spectacular fireworks show for the grand occasion.
While many are typically accustomed to going out of town for the weekend, these days many are more inclined to celebrate at home in the backyard. It’s more relaxing and economical to invite a few friends over for some afternoon gossip and barbecue. Set up some tables with disposable plastic table covers so the kids have a chance to unleash their creative side with some fun patriotic projects. I can guarantee some pretty snazzy flags by the end of the day.
Use 4th of July themed plates and napkins to add color and a festive touch to almost any outdoor event. If you and yours can’t go for that annual camping trip this year, let camping come to you. Pitch the tent and have an outdoor slumber party in the backyard. The kids will love it.
Was it just me or was Carrie Underwood’s performance at the Super Bowl last weekend, amazing? Her interpretation of “The Star Spangled Banner” sent chills up my spine.
The national anthem is our country’s theme song, per se. My sister, who tends to be overly jolly and cheerful, used to run around singing it randomly. It’s one of those songs that makes you just start singing along, full of inspiration and gusto.
March 3 is National Anthem Day. So clear your throat, grab a mic and belt one out for the good old U.S. of A! Oh, and don’t forget to surround your celebration with Patriotic tableware!
I remember loving the month of February in elementary school (through high school) because we had quite a few days off. Presidents Day was awesome! I also remember the school programs the teacher would put together. A few people would be selected to play the parts of various U.S. presidents like George Washington and Abraham Lincoln and they would recite famous speeches as the rest of the class sang various patriotic songs.
We have just introduced a couple new Patriotic themed party designs that would coordinate perfectly with any Presidents Day celebration. Don’t hesitate to add color and memories to your child or student’s school celebrations this year.
Besides, you can recycle the leftovers for 4th of July!
Veterans Day is next week! Although a 3-day weekend to sleep in sounds amazing, it is important to understand the reason our country has marked this day as a national holiday. President Wilson proclaimed November 11 a holiday with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”
That said, I definitely suggest you look up your community’s plans for celebration. These usually take place in the form of parades, ceremonies and/or military tribute exhibits. After the celebrations, invite friends and family over for a potluck style barbeque. Don’t forget to dress up your meal with Patriotic Party Supplies!
The first day of school is only a week away for many students, and the following week marks the 8th anniversary of one of the United States’ most tragic incidents. It is the fateful day on which a horrible act of terrorism took the lives of many individuals—innocent civilians and terrorist subjects who may not have known any better.
The point is that this day especially, requires a moment of silence for all of those brave civilians, firefighters and paramedics that put their lives at risk to save others. It is a wonderful opportunity for elementary, junior high and high school teachers to teach and remind students about the occurrences of that day.
A tip for elementary school teachers: add a twist to a lesson focusing on careers by having students write thank you letters to those individuals who risk their lives for the public safety’s everyday.
Finish off the lesson with treats served on patriotic party supplies.
A number of customers have approached us regarding “Welcome Home” celebrations they are planning for husbands, sons, daughters and loved ones serving our country. No matter what position they may hold in the military, it’s important not to let occasions like that go by without at least a special dinner.
I just finished cleaning up all the cheesy e-mail forwards that I’ve received throughout the course of the last few days. I always wonder who starts these forwards because some of these people really lay it on thick. The subject line may as well be begging for a tear or two from each reader. Regardless, I came across one that always makes me think a little. The gist of the e-mail, which I’m sure you’ve read countless times, is to not leave what you can do today for tomorrow because you might not make it. Then it goes on to provide a whole list of tragic stories that may or may not have happened. The message may be a little cliché, but it definitely has holds some truth.
Our Independence Day holiday is just around the corner and some of our troops are scheduled to join us. Make sure and receive them with at least a piece of chicken on the grill, perhaps some fruit-kabobs or their favorite snacks. Don’t let them go home without knowing how much you love and appreciate the work they do for our country.
In all cheesiness, don’t make it a schedule of shoulds and maybes. Welcome those uniforms and celebrate our country. Dress up the day with 4th of July Party Supplies!
My memories of elementary school are nothing but carefree snippets of amazing recess trends, Hot Cheetos-addictions and dorky class projects. The funny thing is that at that exact moment in time, we all felt like we were so grown-up and sophisticated. My paper bag Indian vest for the Thanksgiving party in 1st grade ruled and don’t even get me started on my career bear. Over dinner yesterday evening, a friend asked how my baby brother was doing. As we started talking about his latest Kindergarten fiascos, we all agreed that we wouldn’t mind being that age again. When you get a taste of the real world, 3 pages of homework, kickball and cookies sounds like heaven.
I was just looking at the calendar and I realized that Flag Day is almost a couple of days away. I burst out laughing when I remembered the Flag Day program we would put on in elementary school every year. The girl that wore the Statue of Liberty costume would walk across the stage as if she really had a torch in her hand and Yankee Doodle eerily came alive and tripped half way across the stage while 20 of us would wave plastic flags in the background.
Although these memories only make me realize how silly and fun it is to be a kid, I can also see that these hilarious shows really did teach us about patriotism and being grateful for our freedoms. America has come a long way and although we’re going through a rough patch right now, things could be worse. There are places that dictate how many children you can have and what media content can air on your TV.
This year, take a moment to reflect on the positives and negatives of being an American. Many schools put on festive programs in honor of the flag during this time and I’m sure teachers would be very appreciative of Flags and patriotic decorations. When some teachers take money out of their own pocket to incorporate participation and lessons in spite of their low salaries, I’m sure any parent donations would help.