4th of July Activities for Seniors

June 30, 2015

Two-time Secretary of State James G. Blaine once said, “The United States is the only country with a known birthday.” And Americans sure know how to celebrate this momentous occasion. In addition to backyard barbecues and picnics, here are some other 4th of July activities for seniors to celebrate their nation’s birth.

Baseball

Aside from apple pie, nothing is more synonymous with the USA than baseball. You’ll be sure to find a single game or doubleheader somewhere over the July 4 weekend – whether you’re a fan of Minor League action or Major League contests.

Concerts

Patriotism reigns at Independence Day music events. You can enjoy the famed Boston Pops Orchestra concert, which used to be aired on national TV on July 4. Another holiday musical event, “A Capital Fourth,” airs July 4 on PBS stations across the country. And there are plenty of bands and orchestras ready to perform live that day in venues all over the U.S.

Cook offs

Why just cook on July 4 when you can compete as well? Cook-off competitions are a great way to show off your barbecue and chili-making prowess. There’s probably a contest for you to enter in your very own town.

Fireworks

Who doesn’t love a fireworks display on the Fourth of July? The largest recorded Independence Day display was New York City’s show in 2009. Other massive displays take place across the country, from San Diego over Mission Bay to the National Mall in Washington, D.C. to right here in Chicago on Lake Michigan. Cities and towns nationwide produce their own shows as well. If you don’t want to brave the local crowds, sit back and enjoy a fireworks show on TV or online.

Fun and games

A spirited afternoon or evening of Independence Day bingo can take place indoors or out. Get started by printing out free bingo cards online or craft your own design from construction paper and stickers. Don’t forget to add patriotic touches such as pictures of stars and a miniature Uncle Sam or two. Top everything off by awarding small prizes to the victors.

Road races

There are hundreds of road races – 5Ks, 10Ks, relays, even marathons – to choose from on July 4. Road races are for the young and young at heart: Ninety-two-year-old Harriette Thompson from North Carolina completed San Diego’s Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon in May 2015.

If you’re not planning to participate in a race on July 4, runners will appreciate your cheers from the sidelines. Or you can volunteer to hand out water and snacks to those grateful, sweaty “road warriors” all along the race course.

No matter how you decide to celebrate the holiday, have a safe and wonderful Fourth of July!

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