To the people who reside in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas, the Fourth of July is more than a day off of work. This great city is where our ancestors celebrated the first Independence Day in 1776. From Downingtown to Media, and up and down the Main Line, we “Philadelphians” know more than most what American pride truly means.
In 2018, 241 years after the first Fourth of July, we may celebrate things a little differently, but the original values and traditions still ring true. Here are some great ways to commemorate the birth of our country with your friends and family, in and around your home.
#1 Painted Lawn Stars
Turn your backyard into a patriotic paradise with these painted lawn stars. Simply make a stencil out of cardboard and pick up some “construction marking paint.” This type of paint can be found at any local home improvement store and will not kill your grass. If you’re local to West Chester, you can pick up this marking paint at Market Street Hardware & General Store. The paint is permanent and can only be removed as the grass grows and is mowed down.
#2 Patriotic Fruit Kabobs
How much fun will your kids have making these patriotic fruit kabobs? Nothing says summer like watermelon and blueberries. Serve them up with some fruit dip and watch the smiles spread. If you’re looking to make these with locally grown fruit check out the West Chester Growers Market. The market is open every Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm.
#3 Writing with Sparklers
Let the Fourth of July fun shine on into the evening – with some photography knowledge you can make memories that will last a lifetime.
Here are some tips:
- Download a free app that allows you to adjust the shutter speed on your camera phone
- Set the shutter speed to 3 seconds (if the picture is too bright adjust it to 2 seconds and if it is too dark adjust it to 4 seconds)
- Use one person per letter, unless you are writing in cursive
- After pressing the shutter button have everyone count out loud together so they start and finish their motions at the same time
- Edit your picture so that the words can be read from left to right instead of having everyone write the letters backward
#4 USA DIY Centerpiece
Add a touch of patriotism in an unexpected way – put a couple drops of food coloring in the water of your floral centerpieces. If you’re looking for a great place to pick up some fresh cut flowers check out the West Chester Growers Market. The market is open every Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm.
#5 Red, White & Blue Tic-Tac-Toe
An activity that involves everyone from the kids to the grandparents – this strategic yard game will provide hours of fun at your backyard picnic. If you want to whip this up this weekend visit your local craft store for all the needed supplies.
#6 July 4th Pool Orbs
Add a splash of fun to your after-dark July 4th pool party with these patriotic pool orbs! Simply put an LED light in a balloon and then blow the balloon up and tie it off.
Looking to get your pool ready for the fourth? Check out Elam Pools and Spas in West Goshen!
#7 Ameri-Can Bowling
Bowling is a classic! Simply upcycle some tin cans by wrapping them in printed paper and use a heavy ball to recreate this game in your own backyard. (TIP: We recommend sanding down the edges of the can, so no one gets hurt.)
#8 Layered Liberty Punch
This non-alcoholic, layered, red, white and blue punch will hit the spot during a sunny backyard picnic. The key is to layer the juices with the highest sugar content on the bottom.
#9 Simple Star-Spangled Wreath
Give new meaning to the term “old glory” with this star-spangled summer wreath! Simply tie pieces of fabric on a foam wreath form and add stars. If you want to whip this up this weekend visit your local craft store for all the needed supplies.
#10 Firecracker Frankfurters
Using some biscuit dough, wooden skewers, hot dogs, cheese and a cookie cutter, these fun franks become a Fourth of July treat. Stop by Colonial Village Meat Market in West Chester for some fresh franks!
Happy Fourth of July from our family to yours!
Are you hosting a Fourth of July picnic in Chester or Montgomery County? Do you feel like your home just wasn’t built to host family events? West Chester Design Build can help. You might love your neighborhood, the school district, and all of the memories you made in your home. But, as your family grows and changes your home can start to seem outdated and small. West Chester Design Build is on a mission to perfect and simplify the home remodeling experience. Reach out to us today and we can help make your home the perfect spot to host a party.
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