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I don't really do normal, and that's OK

Last week, one of my coworkers asked me what our plans were for the Fourth of July weekend. And it threw me a bit off guard. You see, I have ways to celebrate Christmas Eve and birthdays and other holidays, but we don't really have a family tradition for the Fourth of July.

Clearly, that has to change.


But, it can't be normal, because I don't want to do normal. Normalcy is not really the way to build memories that you hold onto throughout your life. So, here's what I've come up with:

  • We're going to have a picnic lunch. Sure, this seems normal enough, but not really for my family. We just don't do picnics. But we are for this holiday. Then,
  • We're going to have a water fight. This is something that I've often told my husband I want to do. One day my son will come home from school to a bucket filled with water balloons and a directive to come and find Mommy who has a water gun...but let's start off light. It'll probably be hot, so this will be super fun.
  • Let's have a cookout, but let our son pick the food. Kind of a spin off on our Wednesday family night dinners. I want to cookout, but he can pick the menu.
  • Covering ourselves in glow sticks to watch the fireworks. Because they are glow sticks and fun, and why not?

Hopefully, my husband is up for all of this. (He's a good sport.)

For my U.S. friends, have a happy, wonderful holiday - no matter how you choose to enjoy it. (How did you choose to enjoy it? Tell me in the comments so I can borrow ideas and continue to evolve our family traditions for next year.)

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Comment by Lauren Markman on July 7, 2014 at 6:45am

I love the theme party idea! Very nice way to inject some fun into a holiday and make it your own!

Comment by Mental Parent on July 6, 2014 at 5:59pm

I was literally talking to my husband about this. We have two children and July 4th is the only holiday we don't really go all out on. We decided next year to do a Great Gatsby party theme. Normal is no good in our house :) 

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