Monday, July 4, 2016

Four Ways to Celebrate the 4th of July

As a military family, the 4th of July takes on a slightly different meaning. It's a reminder of why the military and the careers our spouses chose are important. It's a reminder of how America became what it is today.

This is why we were touched when FTD and the USO reached out to us. They wanted to send us a bouquet of flowers as a thank you for the husband's service with the military. It was their special gesture that inspired this post.

There are so many ways to celebrate the 4th of July. It's a matter of finding the celebration that works for you.

1. Fireworks
This is probably the activity that is most often associated with the 4th of July. Most cities put on at least one fireworks show. You can check your local pages for more information about the shows that might be available in your area. From experience, I suggest arriving early to these shows as they often get really crowded!

2. Cookout
Not up for a big crowd? That's fine! Host a barbecue or cookout at your place. Invite your friends and family over. If your state allows fireworks, then stop by the local stand and pick up some for a festive night. Please make sure you check the laws for your area as every state is different!

3. Family 
I've always associated family with the 4th of July because it was often a family event for us. Whether it's fireworks or a cookout, I recommend spending it with the people you care about the most (if you can). Make sure you have lots of fun activities (such as swimming) to keep everyone cool and entertained!

4. Gifts
Not near your family? Send them a gift, card, or video chat to let them know that you're thinking of them! While flowers for the 4th of July isn't a common thing, I do recommend looking into the patriotic selections that FTD offers through their USO Collection. These bouquets are gorgeous and reasonably priced. In addition to this, FTD will be donating 5% of all sales from this collection (with a minimum contribution of $10,000).

Isn't the bouquet that they sent gorgeous? In addition, it came with a beautiful ornament that we'll be able to put on our tree this year. Check out our Instagram today for more shots of the gorgeous bouquet!

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