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20 things to do on the fourth of July

fourth of julyIf I’ve been asked once, I’ve been asked a dozen times. What are y’all gonna do for the fourth of July? The answer is…

I have no idea. On the one hand, I hope we do something special. But on the other, if by “special,” you mean out of the ordinary, then I hope for nothing of the sort. Because our summer, thus far at least, has been phenomenal, and it’s been so in an ordinary, everyday kinda way.

Yes. There have been trips to the beach, long afternoons by the swimming pool and even a backpacking excursion into the mountains. But the common thread woven throughout these activities has been our ordinary, everyday kinda family. Because, whatever we’ve done, we’ve done it together.

Which is why I really don’t care what I do on the special day. As long as I get to do it with them. And as long as it’s similar to the fun things we’ve already been doing.

Which is why I’d be just fine with doing any of the following 20 activities on the fourth of July.

  • Have a snow cone 1 of 20
    snowCone1

    Like I did with Peanut here a while back.

  • Go for a bike ride with the entire family 2 of 20
    bikeGang

    That's always a good call.

  • Take a dip in the ocean 3 of 20
    ocean

    Like the triplets did on this beautiful June day.

  • Catch a lizard 4 of 20
    lizard

    But then let it go. Because, seriously, what kind of cruel person would hold a lizard captive on the fourth?

  • Catch crabs 5 of 20
    catch-crabs

    Um, SAND crabs, y'all. Catch sand crabs.

  • Build a sand castle 6 of 20
    SandCastle

    Always a fine choice.

  • Take a walk on the beach 7 of 20
    WalkTheBeach

    Unless you just can't sit still, that is. In that case, a long walk on the beach is probably in order.

  • Take a walk in the woods 8 of 20
    walkThroughWoods

    But you don't have to be on a beach to enjoy a good walk. The woods will do, too.

  • Enjoy a beautiful view 9 of 20
    view

    Wherever the walk may be, here's hoping it has a beautiful view. 

  • Build a campfire 10 of 20
    camp

    Remember: a campfire is always a nice, post-walk activity. 

  • Cook a great dinner 11 of 20
    cook-a-great-dinner

    As is cooking a great dinner. Just be flexible with your definition of great, if you don't mind.

  • Watch the sky turn purple 12 of 20
    prepare-to-bond

    Preferably from the top of a mountain. And with someone you love.

  • Just chill on the deck 13 of 20
    chillOnDeck

    But if none of that's in the cards, I'd be perfectly content to just kick it on the deck. That's always peaceful.

    Kinda.

  • Go for a swing 14 of 20
    swing

    You know. If the deck starts to get old.

  • Wear something you don’t get to wear all the time 15 of 20
    SomethingYouLoveMost

    In this case, a 40-pound backpack.

  • Wear a new bathing suit 16 of 20
    RockAnewBathingSuit

    Or, in this case, an adorable new two-piece compliments of Mommy.

  • Get a kiss from Mama 17 of 20
    mamasKiss

    speaking of compliments of Mommy...

  • Have someone throw you in the pool 18 of 20
    EAthrowsSam

    And if you're lucky, maybe you're just a 40-pound five-year-old and that "someone" is former NY Jets quarterback Erik Ainge. Because if so, he'll send your pint-sized ass sailing through the humid summertime air like no one's business.

  • Kick it with your little brother 19 of 20
    littleBro

    But who needs Erik when you could just kick it with little Luke?

  • Kick it with your peeps 20 of 20
    hangWithSiblings

    That's all I really need to do this Fourth. Is kick it with my wife and my junior associates. No matter where we are. No matter what we're doing.

    Happy Fourth, y'all. May it be your best one yet.

 

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