We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Declared on July 4, 1776, our independence as a nation became a celebration – a time for communities and families and friends to gather to celebrate. On this weekend in 2020 so much seems different. The usual parades, community events, neighborhood barbecues and fireworks displays are all canceled or completely curtailed. Our wounds as a country in light of the inequity we must acknowledge are raw. And for those who grieve there is a missing person in the midst. How can we make meaning and have some enjoyment in the midst of this upheaval?
We hope one of the ideas we’ve gathered here may offer a new way for you and yours to spend your time together. Perhaps you will begin a new tradition or two that will last into future Fourth of July celebrations.
- Take some time with your family to read the Declaration of Independence. Then collaborate on a revision for today. What would you add or modify?
- Give back to those who secure our freedom and safety. Write letters to military personnel. Create care packages for first responders.
- Have a family sports marathon in your yard. Water play, croquet, corn hole, hula hoops and jump ropes can be fun for all ages.
- Change up the barbecue menu by having each person choose and make (if age appropriate) their favorite food. You can remember your missing family member by including their favorite as well – even if it is avocado or banana!
- Perhaps you’d like to create a craft together. One idea is to paint a memory rock. These could be carried with you on a hike and placed in special places.
- In lieu of fireworks, set up an outdoor family movie night. You could top it off with a backyard camp out.
In whatever way you choose to celebrate, be well, and stay safe! Our hope for our whole Buzzy’s Bees family is for “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”