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June 30th, 2014 | By Alicia Silverstone

From unhealthy BBQ to loud fireworks that scare our furry friends, it’s easy to be a fourth of July scrooge! I admittedly don’t love this holiday – in the past I’ve spent the day pretty mellow-  like one year at the movies with my friends Leisha and Nina. But if you love celebrating Independence Day, there are lots of ways you can kind your traditions and still stay in the spirit. Here are some ideas:

Host a kind BBQ! Rather than chowing down on hotdogs and hamburgers, grill up some field roast sausages and veggie burgers. Serve them with local grilled veggies and all your favorite veg side dishes. For more ideas on summer BBQ fare, check out these summer recipes.

Have an adventure! Instead of camping out near the fireworks, take a trip to a nearby lake or campground and enjoy nature in a serene setting with your family and friends. Bring good food, your guitars, and your best campfire stories! Even better, visit a national park or monument and experience America’s natural beauty.

Make it mellow. Spend a cozy night in and watch a movie or documentary about American history. A while back, I saw a documentary about the history of New York City. It was fascinating and highlighted many of the accomplishments of past Americans. Ken Burns also has a bunch of documentaries about specific aspects of American history, from baseball to jazz. Pick whatever interests you most!

How do you plan to spend your fourth of July weekend?


Photo Credit: Bon Appetit


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