Friday, July 3, 2020

Celebrating The Red, White, and Blue

Tomorrow (Saturday, July 4, 2020) the United States of America will celebrate her 244th birthday! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMERICA! 🎂 


Five of the Middle Granddaughters Back in 2013
My! How they've grown! 💗

How do you and your family celebrate the 4th of July at your house? Here are some of the ways that our family has celebrated at ours...

💓☆💙 Have a backyard barbecue and invite the neighbors or extended family over to join the fun!

💓☆💙 Make red, white, and blue Jell-O refrigerator cakes (also known as Jell-O poke cakes)! (I've got a white cake baking in the oven right now and will add the Jell-O and Dream Whip after I get home tonight.) For the recipe click HERE.

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💓☆💙 Have a blast at your picnic by putting out table crackers, which look like giant firecrackers, but are actually cardboard tubes filled with treats. Save toilet paper rolls, and cover the tubes with red, white, and blue tissue paper. Before sealing ends, fill with such things as printed out patriotic sayings, small red, white, and blue toys, foil-wrapped candies, or other treats (use your imagination). Seal ends, adding a piece of gold starred and glittered wire garland on top for fuse.

💓☆💙 Make red, white, and blue fruit kabobs! 

Granddaughter, Abby, With Her Red, White,
and Blue Fruit Kabob Creations - 2014
💓☆💙 Make red, white, and blue Jello! (For recipe, click HERE.)

Red, White, and Blue Jello
💓☆💙 Put a patriotic spin on party games. For example, pin the name of an American icon on the back of each guest's shirt. Choose important people, places, symbols…even quotes found throughout our country's early history. For example…Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Francis Scott Key, Paul Revere, Patrick Henry, Philadelphia,Boston, the Old North Church, Constitution Hall, American eagle, Liberty Bell, Statue of Liberty, "One if by land and two if by sea!", "Give me liberty or give me death!", "Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.", etc. Each guest goes around and asks questions of the others, obtaining clues until they guess correctly who, or what, they are. Get creative with your selections and have fun!

💓☆💙 Wear red, white, and blue clothing, patriotic jewelry, and sparkly hair accessories.

💓☆💙 Watch The Patriot with Mel Gibson and Heath Ledger.

💓☆💙 Give small children large pieces of bubble wrap to stomp on. When they stomp it sounds like firecrackers going off. The kids love it and…just think…no mess, no smell, and no danger!

💓☆💙 Make a patriotic pie!

Red, White, and Blue Cherry Berry Pie
💓☆💙 Read the Declaration of Independence aloud as a family. Talk about what it really means and discuss the men that signed it.

💓☆💙 Plant red, white, and blue flowers in your flowerbeds and window-boxes. Things like petunias, inpatients, salvia, alyssium, and geranium work well. If you have enough space, and the ambition, plant them to resemble a flag!

💓☆💙 Fly your flag!

💓☆💙 Make Minuteman Ice Cream Sandwiches by spooning ½ cup vanilla ice cream between 2 chocolate wafer cookies. Roll edges in red, white,and blue sprinkles. Freeze until time to serve.

The Grandsons - 2014
💓☆💙 Memorize this verse of scripture as a family...
Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants ...

💓☆💙 Attend parades and local firework displays in your area.

💓☆💙 Put on your own firework display.

Doing Snakes in the Front Yard - 2014
💓☆💙 Enjoy a big slice of cold watermelon!

💓☆💙 Help the children decorate their bikes, tricycles, and scooters with red, white, and blue streamers, flags, and other patriotic doo-dads and doo-hickeys and let them put on their own parade for the rest of the family.

💓☆💙 Watch Yankee Doodle Dandy with James Cagney

💓☆💙 Have a red, white, and blue water balloon fight.

💓☆💙 Make a cool, patriotic dessert.

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2 packages (8 oz. each) Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened
1/3 cup sugar
2 cups thawed Cool Whip Whipped Topping
1 ready to use graham cracker crust
2 cups fresh strawberries, halved
1/3 cup blueberries

Beat cream cheese and sugar in large bowl with mixer until well blended. Whisk in Cool Whip. Spoon into crust. Refrigerate 3 hours or until set. Arrange berries in rows to resemble flag.

That's some of the things that we've done in the past to celebrate the 4th of July at our house. Now feel free to share some of the ways you do at yours!

Until next time...

P.S. - Before I go, I just want to say...

Despite our current difficulties, the United States of America remains one of the strongest, most independent, and greatest nations on earth! May God's tender hand of mercy be over us and, through the cries and prayers of those that are called by His name, may He heal our land and restore her to her former glory. In Jesus' name I pray! 

Verse of the Day - 2 Chronicles 7:14 KJV - Highland Park Baptist ...


  1. So many great ideas! Thank you. I love the 4th of July.

    1. Thanks, Evie! I love the 4th of July, too! Blessings! And thanks for dropping in! Hope you had a great 4th! :)

  2. These were great! Thank you for all these wonderful ideas for families to celebrate the Red White and Blue!


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