The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays! I love the excitement, the community celebrations and all of the traditions that come with it. It's a perfect time for some fun dates and quality time with your spouse. I look forward to celebrating with Joe every year. This year we'll be having our families over for barbecues and to watch the annual firework display that the golf course behind our house puts on, but we have done some of these in years past and I plan on using these date ideas in the future, the second one especially.
Attend Local Celebrations
Our hometown starts their celebrations the night before the 4th. There is a carnival type set up at the city park with food booths, games for kids, bounce houses and live entertainment. Everyone sets out their blankets, we play games with family and friends, mingle with the rest of the community and has a lot of fun together. At the end of the night, there's a pretty fantastic firework show right above the park, it's my favorite part! The next morning they have a big, hot breakfast before the parade and the park remains set up with the food booths and carnival games for the afternoon. These all make great date activities and we love participating in them every year!
Pack a Picnic and Watch the Sunset and Fireworks
You could do this at a park, as part of one of the many community celebrations or in your own yard if you're lucky enough to live near a firework show like us. My favorite idea though, find somewhere with a great scenic view of the valley (if you live near mountains) where you can enjoy cooler temperatures, a meal, great conversation with your spouse, the summer sunset and all of the firework shows going on across the valley.
Have a Barbecue and Fireworks At Home
Joe and I really enjoy grilling together and it always feels more like a date than our regular, every night dinner does. Pick something new to try and make a date night out of making, grilling and eating dinner together. Have a picnic in your backyard. After dinner, head to the store to buy fireworks together. Come back and take turns lighting them in front of your house.
What are your favorite 4th of July traditions? How do you celebrate with your spouse?