How Do You Celebrate the Fourth of July With Your Family?
Patch asked local parents what they do with their kids to celebrate the Fourth of July.
Each week in Moms Talk, our Moms Council consisting of local parents, take your questions, gives advice and share solutions.
Question: What do you do to celebrate July 4th? Are there any places in the area that have the best fireworks? Do you have any fun traditions you do every year with the kids?
Answer from Merrie Staurowsky (mom of 3): We go to the Marple Newtown parade every year. My daughter goes with her dancing school and the boys and I decorate a wagon or scooter and walk the parade. They love to watch the parade, too, and come home with a ton of candy.
One special note to all parents who bring their kids to the parade: please keep a close eye on them. There are all kinds of vehicles along the parade route and kids really need to stay close to the curb. I've heard many drivers in the parade express their concerns about kids darting out. Have a safe Fourth!
Also, any information about registering for the parade can be done through MN Recreation office. Bikes and hand-drawn floats and strollers can register that morning at St. Annie's. The parade goes from St. Albans Circle to the Broomall Fire House.
Answer from Cara Curley (mom of 1): Narberth fireworks–same as when I was little.
Answer from Molly Dagit (mom of 2): Berwyn has a fun bike parade for the kids, and then hot dogs and burgers at the library. The fire department sprays their hose on the kids and they love it!
Answer from Christina Hess (mom of 2): Fourth of July is fun at the local Springfield parade (complete with an elephant walking in it), a day of games at the Country Club Pool and then a fabulous fireworks show in Clifton Heights! The perfect Fourth of July!
Answer from Bretany Pilko (mom of 2): The past few years we have gone to a potluck beach picnic with old friends. It was a tradition when I was growing up, and now it seems that the kids from yesterday are all now parents. So the tradition goes on. I plan on making my flag cupcakes, all tiny cupcakes making it easy for little kids to eat them at the beach. The boys like playing whiffle ball on the beach with the big kids and then at night we watch the fireworks from a few beaches over from the main display–avoiding traffic and crowds.
Answer from Heather Kellogg (mom of 2): We're going to The Let Freedom Ring National Bell Ringing Ceremony on Independence Hall. The Liberty Bell rings 13 times, one time for each of the colonies. They will also have a few guest speakers and music. Last year The Philadelphia Boys Choir sang.
Answer from Susan M. (mom of 3): We go to the shore, barbecue with family and then watch fireworks on the beach. To me, the Fourth of July just wouldn't be the same without doing this!