Here in England, as you can imagine, there is not much celebrating going on for Independence Day. But I think it is important to keep certain traditions alive for my children, so I try and find ways to make the day special for them.
Usually, we buy fireworks at another time of year when they are available here and save them for today, but we didn't do that this year. There isn't really anywhere that sells fireworks at this time of year. Robert bought some red, white and blue streamers though, and I had to think of a way to use them.
I am not a very craft-y person, but I did my best. I used the streamers to make a ribbon that I hung on the front door. It wasn't very good, but I tried to make it look good, and the children seemed to like it.
I also tied some streamer-ribbons on our stairway.
Then I remembered that I had four bamboo sticks, so I tied (and used some tape to make sure they stayed on) streamers to the ends of the bamboo sticks. When the children came home from visiting their grandparents with their daddy, I showed them the streamer-sticks and told them that they were going to get to "decorate the dog" and have a little parade at the park. They didn't really understand the idea of a parade, but they had fun waving the streamers around and Gabby even made up a song to sing which repeated the phrase, "We're having an American Independence Day parade!"
Mercury kept trying to eat the ribbon of streamers that was tied around his collar, so it started to look scruffy very quickly.
One really cute thing was that our cat Pagan followed us to the park and tried to join in with the "parade."
When we got home, Kayla put some of the streamers on Pagan and then held him for some photos.
We also gave the children some red, white and blue glow sticks to play with when it got dark.
I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July. I know my family did!