Wear red, white, and blue.

The simplest way to make the Fourth of July feel special is by wearing the grand old star-spangled colors!

Pray for America.

"America! America! God shed his grace on thee." We can pray for God's grace and charity to descend on America and fill all hearts.

Listen to Fourth of July music.

Turn up this Fourth of July Spotify playlist for the day. If your family is musical, you might gather together to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner," "God Bless America," or "America the Beautiful."

Light sparklers.

If you can't go to the fireworks show this year, bring the fireworks home! Light some sparklers or get a box of poppers or glow sticks for the kids. If all else fails, watch the fireworks online.

Read historical documents.

Independence Day is a fitting time to read aloud historical documents, perhaps from the founding or other notable points in American history. This might be followed by a brief discussion. Documents with historical significance appropriate to today include the following:

The Declaration of Independence
The Preamble to the Constitution
"The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?" by Frederick Douglass
"The Gettysburg Address" by Abraham Lincoln

Prepare some red, white and blue food.

Cupcakes, a "flag cake," strawberries and blueberries with whipped cream, or some classic red-white-and-blue popsicles are all fair game for patriotic treats!

Watch a historical movie.

Recall the early days of the American founding with movies like 1776, Drums along the Mohawk, The Patriot, the John Adams television miniseries, or the live recording of Hamilton now available on Disney+. Or turn your attention to America's vast natural beauty and enjoy the documentary The National Parks: America's Best Idea or National Geographic's America's National Parks series.

Take a virtual tour of national landmarks.

Take a Statue of Liberty virtual tour or check out virtual tours of a number of other national parks, landmarks, museums, and historic sites.

Play some outdoor games.

Set up a backyard game of Wiffle ball, cornhole, or Frisbee. If all else fails, pull out the kiddie pool or Slip'n'Slide so the kids can cool off with some splashy fun. Happy Fourth!