Firework-Free Ways to Enjoy the 4th with Kids
The 4th of July is here, and there’s nothing better than gathering with family and friends, firing up the grill, and having some awesome family fun. July 4th is well known for its fireworks; however, it might not be the best choice for every family. Whether your child has sensory issues, can’t stay up late enough to catch them, or you don’t want to worry about the dangers of sparklers and other small fireworks, there are plenty of other ways to enjoy the 4th and stay firework-free. Keep reading to learn more about having a safe 4th of July without the sensory overload of fireworks!
Convinced that this year isn’t the year you worry about fireworks? There are plenty of other ways to spend the 4th, like making it as patriotic as possible, adventuring out, and finding some great 4th of July toys and games to keep them busy.
Fireworks can also wreak havoc on children who have difficulty processing information related to their senses — mainly hearing. The child can feel overwhelmed, anxious, and emotionally distressed, explains Barbara Greenberg, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist who specializes in the treatment of adolescents, children, and families. “They will get anxious, meltdown, they might start screaming, crying, or trying to flee,” she says. (source: Katie Couric Media)
Make It Patriotic
One of the best ways to celebrate the 4th of July in your home is to make it as patriotic as possible! Some ideas include:
- Decorate red, white, and blue cupcakes or cookies
- Serve food in patriotic plates and bowls
- Watch 4th of July movies such as An American Tail or Captain America
- Wear only red, white, and blue on the day—and even make a fun shopping trip to get clothes leading up to it!
Don’t want to spend the day inside on your day off? Adventure out! There is plenty to do and see on the 4th of July. Even though many places might be busy, it’s worth the adventure to have a fun day out with the family. Some ideas include:
- Head to the beach or lake
- Take the kids to a local historical site
- Check if your town is putting on a parade or block party
- Head to the local pool
- Check-in with friends and family to have a BBQ or playdate