Here at On the Leesh we have several co-workers who love the Fourth of July! Not only is it a great day to get together with friends and family, but it is also a wonderful time to celebrate all the great things we love about the country we live in. Here are several tips and ideas to make your Fourth of July the best it has ever been.
1. Delicious Food: First and foremost let’s shout back to Amanda our Director of Production’s post about Fourth of July from several years ago. Check it out and learn what Amanda loves about the Fourth of July and what she loves to eat! You can find her post here: http://whatyoucandoseries.blogspot.com/2012/06/my-favorite-holidays-almost-here.html - She also gives some great tips for making your own citronella candles!
2. Go Green: Keep the one-use items to a minimum. I know it is super easy to use paper plates and napkins for large gatherings but if possible try using reusable items during your holiday bbq. Reusable glasses, cutlery and plates can save a lot of waste from going into our landfills. If you are un-able to do this consider buying a product that is recyclable or compostable instead of Styrofoam or paper plates.
3. Remember Our Service Members: The Fourth of July is about celebrating our country. What better way to celebrate than by paying tribute to our service members who have fought for our country. A lot of communities hold Fourth of July parades where service members are either honored or participate in. Take a moment to say thanks to those people this holiday. Or if you have family members, who gave their time to the service, remember to give them a hug and say thank you the next time you see them.
4. Fireworks: Fireworks are beautiful and fun. Who doesn’t love getting together with friends and lighting sparklers and or having a small celebration in the driveway. But before you light your fireworks this year make sure that you are doing so in a secure location where your fireworks cannot catch anything on fire. Also make sure that fireworks are legal in your area. Some counties don’t allow the use of fireworks. Make sure that you are always safe and responsible when participating in this activity. The summer months bring fun but also dry hills and fire risks.
5. Stay Hydrated: The Fourth of July means lots of time out in the sun, pool, parades etc. Remember that nothing is more hydrating and good for your health than water. Make sure to stay hydrated this summer by carrying your personal reusable water bottle. If you need ideas for great water bottles check out our Associate Producer Melissa’s favorite here: https://www.lifefactory.com/product/glass-bottle-with-straw-cap-and-silicone-sleeve-22-oz-huckleberry
6. Bring out the Grill: Nothing says a happy Fourth like bbqing! If at all possible consider using a propane bbq instead of a charcoal one. Charcoal produces three times the green house gas emissions as propane grills do. Let’s do our best to keep our Fourth green.
We hope you all have a wonderful, happy and safe holiday.
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