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4th of July fun for the whole family

The 4th of July is one of the best days of summer, perfect for family fun. Show your independence day spirit with these fun foods and activities the whole family will enjoy.

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1Musical celebrations

There's no better way to get in the spirit of the 4th of July than attending an outdoor concert, large or small.

This year, over 500,000 people are expected to attend Boston's annual 4th of July celebration featuring the Boston Pops. Or plan a trip to our nation's capitol, Washington, DC, for the annual celebration near the Capitol Building and fireworks display on the National Mall.

2Fun 4th of July foods

Enjoy healthy, easy to prepare 4th of July foods all day long. Start the day off right with "American flag toast" that's so easy even younger members of the family can help. Toast a slice of bread, spread with white cream cheese, make stripes out of red jam -- strawberry and raspberry are favorites -- then "stars" of fresh blueberries.

Going to a 4th picnic luncheon? Pack a patriotic fruit salad of strawberries, blueberries and red apples. Kids will enjoy "4th of July franks" -- add a dash of blue or red food coloring to packaged crescent rolls to wrap around mini-hotdogs or sausages.

Frozen "patriotic pops" make a delicious treat on this hot holiday. Freeze red, white and blue fruit juices in ice cube trays or the ZOKU Quick Pop Maker.

For after dinner dessert, noting says 4th of July like blueberry or cherry pie.

3FESTIVE 4th of JULY HATS and HAIRDOS

Why should Halloween have all the fun? The 4th is a great time to go a little crazy with hair and hats. Buy some cans of red or blue temporary hair color and spray away! Buy plain white baseball caps for the whole family, then decorate with fabric paint or glitter glue to create 4th of July hats.

4Host a block party or parade

Many communities have large 4th of July parades, but if you'd rather avoid the crowds, host one in your neighborhood. Kids can ride their bikes or scooters decorated with red, white and blue streamers while parents enjoy a potluck.

More 4th of July tips

Best cities for 4th of July fireworks and celebrations
8 Cheap 4th of July destinations
Top 10 patriotic movies

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