Ten new activities for the Fourth of July


 

It is time to break out your red, white and blue party hats because America's birthday is right around the corner.

While traditionally the Fourth is holiday is for BBQ's and fireworks, we wanted to provide you with a few different options on how to spend this holiday weekend.

So below are KARE's top ten new activities to try this Fourth of July.

1. Have a hotdog eating contest.  If there's one food that represents the 4th of July, it's hot dogs. If you're feeling adventurous, recreate Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Competition.

2. Pack a Picnic.  To make sure everyone stays cool and happy, bring some games, books, and a portable fan to beat the heat.

3. Go for a bike ride.  Map out a new trail you haven't tried before or plan some new stops along a familiar route to keep things interesting.

4. Celebrate on the beach.  If you're lucky enough to live within driving distance of a beach, pack up for a fun day in the sun. If you stay until the evening, expect to see fireworks. Just check with the local authorities first to make sure the beach is open.

5. Watch a parade.  If your town is hosting a Fourth of July parade, you'll want front row seats! Be sure to check with your local newspaper or town website to see if parades will be happening.

6. Plan a patriotic getaway.  Stop by one of America's greatest landmarks on July 4th, from the Liberty Bell to the Grand Canyon, there are plenty of locations to explore.

7. Go hiking.  A national holiday can be a great time to finally plan that hike you've been wanting to try. This is also one of the best ways to appreciate America's vast, varied landscape.

8. Create a home waterpark. Between sprinklers and a fun hose extension, you can create a waterpark in your own backyard. The kids will be entertained for hours (and cooled off) by playing fun water games.

9. Go camping.  Whether you're in your backyard or at a campsite, use the Fourth of July holiday to get outside and make s'mores, tell ghost stories around a fire, or wake up early for a sunrise hike.

10. Host a potluck.  You might have been stuck with the same small group of people for the past couple months, but you can make things feel more like a party by having each person contribute something new to the party.

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