Fun Fourth of July Activities for Seniors
Now that Memorial Day has come and gone, and summer is officially here, it means that the Fourth of July is right around the corner. This fun and patriotic holiday is a great opportunity for friends and family to get together, spend quality time with one another and celebrate our nation’s independence.
While there is no denying that the Fourth Of July can be fun, it can also be quite overwhelming for some seniors. This is why, if you have a senior in your life, that you make sure you have some fun, senior-friendly activities planned for Independence Day. If you are looking for some ideas and inspiration for more senior-friendly things to do, take a look at our list of fun Fourth of July activities for seniors.
- Decorate Fourth of July themed cookies for your upcoming BBQ. It is a fun activity for seniors and the entire family to participate in.
- Take a trip down memory lane and look at photos and videos from past Fourth of July family celebrations.
- Decorate the home inside for a Fourth of July party. While a lot of people like to go out and BBQ, it is also good to have some indoor activities planned as well, especially for seniors who can get easily overheated.
- Go to the local Fourth of July parade. Almost all towns and cities have their own Fourth of July parades, where families from all over the community can come celebrate the holiday.
- Make sure to check the schedule for your community’s Fourth of July fireworks. Not every town does their fireworks on the actual Fourth of July.
- Give your senior loved one some meal prep activities to enjoy during your holiday cook outs and celebrations.
- Think outside the box, and plan for Fourth of July festivities specifically at a time that works for your senior’s schedule. You don’t have to do an all day activity or nighttime celebration, especially if it will interfere with the senior’s schedule—there is nothing wrong with a Fourth of July brunch.
It is also important to make sure that seniors are staying safe when they are celebrating the Fourth of July. This means being aware of seniors overheating when outdoors, keeping them hydrated and covered with sunscreen and keeping seniors safe and away from fireworks, sparklers or other potentially dangerous Fourth of July activities.
The Fourth of July can be a really fun holiday for the whole family, especially if you make sure to include these senior-friendly activities in your weekend itinerary.
- Lori Thomas has decades of experience as a caregiver. Her writing for SeniorAdvice.com is informed by years of research as well as hands-on family experience caring for her now late mother, who had chronic health issues for most of her life. Lori is an integral part of the SeniorAdvice.com management team, acting as Vice President of Marketing and Chief Editor.
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