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June 29, 2020

Fun Ideas for a Unique Independence Day

We may not have fireworks this year, but we can still have fun this 4th of July. These kid-friendly recipes and activities are a great way to celebrate our independence right at home with family and friends—at a safe distance, of course!

RED, WHITE, AND BLUEBERRIES

Take a break from the summer heat with these fun, fruit-filled popsicles. Making them is as easy as one, two, freeze!

Ingredients:

  • Fresh strawberries, sliced
  • Fresh blueberries
  • Instant vanilla pudding
  • Popsicle molds (or a bread pan)
  • Popsicle sticks

Directions:

Pour the pudding into popsicle molds (or a bread pan) with chunks of fruit. Do not overfill. Add the popsicle sticks before putting in the freezer. Note: If preparing in a bread pan, use a knife to slice up the popsicles when they are ready to serve.

ALL-AMERICAN LEMONADE

When life gives us lemons during Covid-19, make lemonade! This recipe is simple to make right before a backyard barbecue.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice
  • 2 lemons, sliced
  • Berries and fresh mint leaves

Directions:

In a small saucepan, combine sugar and 1 1/2 cups water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and cool completely. In a large pitcher, combine lemon juice, 1 1/2 cups sugar syrup, and 4 cups cold water (add remaining sugar syrup to adjust sweetness, if desired). Refrigerate until chilled. Pour into glasses with berries, fresh mint leaves, and sliced lemons and serve.

STARS AND STRIPES

Transform leftover popsicle sticks into patriotic decorations for your yard, front door, and more!

What you’ll need:

  • Popsicle sticks
  • Red, white, and blue craft paint
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks or Elmer’s glue
  • Colored tissue paper
  • Sequins or glitter
  • Twine or raffia

Instructions:

Divide the popsicle sticks into 3 sets and paint each set red, white, or blue. Be sure to paint the front and back of each popsicle stick. Shape 5 popsicle sticks to form a star. Make sure that you weave your sticks as you go for layered visual interest. Glue the sticks together. Cut the tissue paper into thin strips and apply to the back of each star to make streamers. Finish each star with sequin or glitter for extra patriotic flair. Use twine or raffia to hang your stars up around the house, on your front door, or use as outdoor decorations!