by Victoria M. Johnson
1. Remember why we celebrate the day.
The holiday commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. With this document, the thirteen colonies declared their independence from England.
2. Read Patriotic Words.
Last year I wrote a post about the gripping words that gives us goose bumps or brings us to tears. You can read the post, Talk Patriotism To Me, at this link: Patriotism post.
3. Watch an Amazing Video.
This powerful 4-minute video about the Declaration of Independence inspires and informs. From the History website: 4th of July Video
4. Attend a parade.
One of the few opportunities to hear live patriotic music is at 4th of July parades. Plus you get to enjoy the many patriotic festivities, historic reenactments, and whatever else your local parade offers.
5. Gather with family and friends.
Enjoy a picnic or barbecue with friends and loved ones. Not only should we appreciate this great nation, but our loved ones, too. The holiday provides a reason to spend relaxing time together.
6. Eat Great Foods.
What's a holiday without special recipes? Some families go all out with red, white, and blue everything. Others stick to traditional 4th of July eats.
7. View fireworks.
Firework displays are a fun way to wind down the day. Back in the day, children could light their own fireworks out on the sidewalks of their homes. Now they are limited to stadiums and other public venues.
8. See a Good Patriotic Movie.
Whatever genre you prefer--romance, thriller, western, drama, horror, science fiction, classic, or comedy--there is a patriotic movie for you. I have too many favorites to list here. Do you have a favorite? Let us know in the comments.
9. Cuddle Up With a Good Patriotic Book.
Whatever age group of the reader, there is a wide selection of patriotic books to choose from. Referrals from friends work well. So, if you have a favorite, share the title with us in the comments below.
Hoping you and yours have a fabulous 4th of July!
Victoria M. Johnson knew by the time she was ten that she wanted to be a writer. She loves telling stories and she's happiest when creating new characters and new plots. Avalon Books and Montlake Romance published Victoria's fiction debut, The Doctor’s Dilemma, (A 2012 Bookseller’s Best double finalist). Her other fiction book is a collection of romance short stories titled, The Substitute Bride and a novella, Hot Hawaiian Christmas. She is also the writer and director of four short films and two micro documentaries. Visit Victoria's website at http://VictoriaMJohnson.com for inspiration and tips and find her Amazon author page or connect with her on Pinterest and Twitter.