The Fourth of July is upon us and there are plenty of ways for the senior crowd to celebrate the holiday – and not all of them involve going to the fireworks. It’s summertime, and a great time of year to enjoy the outdoors – so long as the weather cooperates.

Some activities for seniors include:

  • A backyard barbeque – If you can host the barbeque and take care of some of the work it keeps them from having to worry about taking care of too much.
  • Going Through Old Photos – Holidays are always a great time for making memories and rediscovering old ones. You can spend some time going through old family photographs and talking about family events and vacations. If the person was a veteran and open to talking about their service, it may be a good time to discover more about their experience fighting for our country.
  • Parades and Fireworks – If it’s just too hot, or you otherwise can’t make it to local festivities in person, television is always an option. The Washington DC fireworks are typically televised, with some wonderful music in the background.
  • Patriotic Themed Movies – It may be a good day to watch some patriotic-themed movies. A classic such as Smith Goes to Washington may be in order. Otherwise you have Lincoln, the musical 1776, or Mel Gibson’s The Patriot. There are plenty of wonderful options to choose from.
  • Craft/Decoration Day – Independence Day is the perfect time to create paper flags and hang them, or find other ways to decorate your home for the holiday. The seniors in your life may enjoy the theme.

There are plenty of ways to incorporate seniors into your holiday plans. With a little creativity you can create a holiday atmosphere that is fun for the whole family to enjoy!