July 4th 2016: Hacks To Rock America’s Birthday This Year

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July 4th 2016 is a day in America when patriotism, fireworks, family time, and history all intersect.  How can you make this year’s family celebration fun, affordable, and fabulous? Oh, do I have some fun to share with you …..

AWESOME July 4th 2016 Tips!

July 4th 2016 hacks

I love sharing the best recipes, crafts, games, decorations, music, money savings, and photography tips for celebrating America’s birthday – there’s something for everyone.  Let us not take for granted what a gift we have been given – let’s unite on the fourth of July as Americans!

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same. ~Ronald Reagan

Watch National Anthem in Lincoln Memorial

Family Time

How to Make your 4th of July Cookout Affordable

Bet you didn’t know these things!

God bless the U.S.A.

Fourth of July games

4th of July Bingo

S’More Science

Summertime STEM challenge

Hiking & Camping


Seriously easy no-bake desserts

Red, White, & Blue Mini Fruit Pizzas

Homemade Popsicles for Kids

Red, White, & Blue Triple Berry Napoleon

Healthy Fruit Pizza

Firecracker Red, White, & Blue Cake

Honey Garlic Chicken Wings


No mess tie dye (really!)

Decorations & desserts

Revolutionary fun

4th of July crafts

Bonus Hacks

How to be courteous to Veterans this holiday

How to photograph fireworks!

How to help fido this 4th of July

How to put together 4th of July outfit

What does July the 4th mean to you?  Be sure to share that with any young people in your life before this Independence Day is over.  I beg you to learn what Independence day is all about and teach everyone under your influence so you don’t end up like this …..

Have a safe and wonderful 4th of July 2016, y’all!

AWESOME July 4th 2016 Tips!

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  1. July 1, 2016 / 9:27 pm

    I’m honored to have my recipe included in this great Independence day post with so many other wonderful projects. Hope you have a fun day!

    • Shan
      July 2, 2016 / 10:29 am

      Thanks for contributing to the July 4th fun, Karen!


  2. July 2, 2016 / 10:16 am

    Thanks so much for including my recipe! I’ll be sharing this post as well 🙂

    • Shan
      July 2, 2016 / 10:29 am

      Thanks, Lauren for joining in the July 4th fun!


  3. July 4, 2016 / 7:49 am

    Great links! I am in Australia so we don’t do 4th of July, but we have Australia Day in Jan which is the same colours so will definitely use some of these.

  4. July 4, 2016 / 8:02 am

    What a wonderful collection of ideas. I have seen a video about how even college students don’t know what Independence Day is all about.

    • Shan
      July 4, 2016 / 9:23 am

      Exactly, JoJo. That drives me crazy!!! 😉 We just have to educate as much as we can.


  5. July 4, 2016 / 10:56 am

    Thank you for the collection of ideas and the reminder to really understand what the 4th of July means to the United States and also what it means to our families.

  6. July 4, 2016 / 11:10 am

    Love this! Can’t wait to try out some of those recipes!

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