The Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays of the year. In just a few days, your department will likely be hosting some sort of July 4th event. While this day celebrates the independence of America, it can also be a great way to get the public outside and active. This wellness blog will cover some ways for you and your community to stay healthy on the holiday.
In my mind, the Fourth of July is associated with cookouts. Luckily, grilling food is often a healthier option to other cooking methods. Use your grill to make grilled vegetables like zucchini, squash, bell peppers, or even for fresh fruits like pineapples, mango, and peaches! Lean meats also make a great healthier grilling option.
Spending time outside is also a huge part of the Fourth of July. Research has shown that spending time outside is beneficial to one’s health. Whether your community holds an annual Independence Day parade, festival, or firework display, there is no doubt that people are usually spending the holiday outdoors. If your department is holding an outdoor event, encourage attendees to stay hydrated and to use sun protection.
There are also a variety of different games that you can introduce at your home Fourth of July Cookout, or even at your department's celebration! Check out this link from Readers Digest for a full list of activities and games. Here are a couple of my favorite from the list:
Bike decorating competition: Perfect for block party fun, have kids and families decorate their bikes with an Independence Day theme: think streamers, flags, bike spoke beads, and more. Winners get year-round bragging rights!
Red, white, and blue tag: Give each competitor one token of each color. When the whistle blows, the game starts! Challenge players to be the first to gather one red, one white, and one blue token by tagging other players. This game is perfect outdoor fun for young kids.
Growing up, my favorite part of July 4th was going to my local recreation department’s big Independence Day celebration. If your community is anything like mine was, you will be playing a huge part in your town's holiday celebration. Wishing you a great holiday!
Until next time,