The fourth of July is often considered a day of family fun, it marks a (sort of) mid-point of summer nights, and it is enjoyable for people of all ages. Here are five (tongue-in-cheek) suggestions for spending the day with children and making the best of a day that was probably once entirely fueled by alcohol.
5. Take a trip to the nearest body of water. Drowning ranks #5 on the CDC's list of leading causes of death for ages 1-4, after congenital issues, disorders related to gestation, SIDS, and maternal complications. Your chances are pretty good that you'll make it back with all family members in tow. Drowning also has the second highest fatality rate of those who die from unintentional injury, right after accidental injury deaths caused by automobiles. If you don't kill anyone in the water, you still have an opportunity to do so on the way to/from.
4. BBQ. Better yet, let the kids do the 'cue-ing and you sit back and enjoy that cold beer. What better way to teach them responsibility?
3. Spend time with extended family. I recently read comment on a Facebook post that worded the role of family so poignantly: "Family members have a special ability to make you feel like sh*t." Go ahead, make yourself feel like sh*t, the 4th (of July) only happens once every year. Make it count.
2. Set-off your own fireworks. You pay taxes, why shouldn't you be able to take your kid/spouse to the nearest emergency room after he blows off a finger? Plus, first responders and emergency medical personnel don't need to relax on this holiday, they're at work anyway.
1. Reconnect with days of yore: fuel the day with alcohol. What happens when you're drunk stays where you were drunk... isn't that how the saying goes? Either way, if you can't beat'em (the kids, that is) you might as well get completely obliterated so you can tolerate'em.
In all seriousness, have a safe and happy holiday
as you celebrate what is positive about our country!