For generation X, Y and Z-ers, social media has arguably become as quintessentially American as apple pie. America is the land of the free and the home of Facebook, YouTube and a plethora of other social media giants. Americans essentially spend every day celebrating American ingenuity by using social media. Unfortunately, that kind of “celebrating” usually means that Americans spend most of time chained to their laptops or mobile devices.
This year, we would like to suggest celebrating our Nation’s independence by declaring yourself independent from social media for the day! You will most likely be surprised to find that there are a number of things to do on the Fourth of July that are even more American than social media.
Here are our suggestions for good-old-fashioned American activities to keep you busy while you celebrate the Fourth and your independence from social media (We even threw in some patriotic fails to brighten your day):
Plan a Day Trip!
No matter where you live in the United States, you are most likely in driving distance from major American monuments. We suggest going all touristy and visiting a national park, monument or capital on the Fourth. There are 58 state parks in the United States, 101 national monuments and 50 capitals that are scattered throughout the United States. Take a holiday road trip and use your day off to visit any one of these patriotic landmarks.
Just try to avoid any of the following driving mistakes:
Have a Barbecue!
Nothing screams Independence Day like grillin’ up hamburgers and hotdogs in 100-degree weather. Barbecues are an all-American Fourth of July staple that bring family and friends together over a nostalgic menu of the same go-to’s that your grandparents enjoyed when they were kids.
Just be warned that holiday Barbequing can get dangerous:
Light or Watch Fireworks!
Whether your pyrotechnic weapons of choice are sparklers, cherry bombs or roman candles, neighborhood fireworks on the 4th of July are a must. Obviously, check your city codes before you start lighting up your neighborhood, but we suggest this as a way to end your social media-free Fourth. If a home-grown pyrotechnic show is not your thing, some cities put on corporate firework shows that invite the community to come out and “Oooh” and “Ahhh” over a light show set to a patriotic musical score.
If you do decide to go it alone, please note that the following is a strong possibility: