Fourth of July Plans for the Single Parent Family

The Fourth of July is a summer holiday staple. The kids are out of school and the first day of a new school year is still too far away to worry about. Most parents have the day off and can spend time with their children. For the single parent, this means there may actually be a little time to relax. And if you’re looking to relax and have fun this Fourth of July weekend, we have some great ideas:

  1. Barbecue – OK, OK, so this is an obvious one. But it’s a good one none-the-less. Summer barbecues are simple but still fun. If your kids are old enough, this is a good time to teach them the basics of barbecuing. Whether you hold one at a park or your home, you can’t go wrong with a Fourth of July bbq.
  2. Travel – The holiday is known for a lot of traveling. It’s expected that this year the travel numbers are going to spike to record numbers. But honestly, that shouldn’t scare you. If you’ve waited til the last minute to book travel plans, you may be in luck with discount rates. Instead of far travel, pick somewhere that’s only a few hours away. It’s somewhere new to go, but you won’t need to spend 10+ hours to get there. And the kids will thank you.
  3. See a movie – Since it’s a long weekend – and if you aren’t traveling – its a good time to see a movie. The 4th isn’t typically a big movie going weekend, so you will likely beat the crowds, especially if you go during the day. And there are a lot of family friendly films out this weekend, from Finding Dory to the latest Independence Day. And while you’re at it, go see a couple.
  4. Fireworks – Yes, yes, another no brainer. But when we recommend fireworks, we also recommend planning accordingly. Do some research in your area for where the best fireworks shows are, and when. Because you don’t want to be late! The worst is being late or not planning where to be, and then having to drive in insane traffic to get there. So do yourself a favor and pre-plan this year.
  5. Museums – Live near or around any museums? If so, this is a good weekend to visit them, particularly those with American history. The Fourth is still our nation’s most important holiday when it comes to America’s history – so make sure your kids understand and appreciate it.

These are just some ideas for you and your children this weekend. Above all, please be safe and plan ahead. Good child support always keeps those in mind. Oh, and have fun!

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