5 Creative Ways to Spend the Fourth of July Outdoors

The Fourth of July is right around the corner. And your social calendar is already filled with barbecues, fireworks displays, and backyard parties. But this year, you want to do something different. You want to show your patriotism, get outdoors, and make it memorable. If beer and ribs aren’t on your July 4 to-do list, it can be tough to find other things to enjoy it. Luckily, we’ve scoped out some of the most exciting outdoor options to ring in the holiday.

5 Creative Ways to Spend the Fourth of July Outdoors

Quality Time with Your Dog

Fireworks are fun for you but they’re frightening for your four-legged friends. Instead of leaving your dog locked indoors while you enjoy the day, look for pet-friendly (and firework-free) events in your area. Many cities and towns host pet parades. Yes, pet parades. They’re exactly what they sound like—processions of floats occupied by pets and their loving families. Get your little guy suited up in an American flag-patterned Husky Dog Collar or Husky Dog Leash and enjoy the festivities. If you feel left out, match him with your American flag-patterned Titan Web Belt, and let passersby swoon over your “twinning” action.

Reunite the Baseball Team

There’s no better time to strike up a game of baseball (or softball or kickball) than the Fourth of July. What’s more American than America’s favorite pastime? Pull together a team and head to the nearest diamond. A game of baseball is a great way to pay tribute to our country’s legacy, get active, and spend time outside. All criteria are satisfied.

Paddle Away

A default choice for the Fourth of July is a beach trip. Millions of Americans cozy up with a cold brew while they soak up sun rays. Though your holiday can still involve water without the beach. Instead of relaxing, get active by kayaking and rafting. You can still get a tan and breathe in fresh air. But you’ll also get a killer workout. If you’re dead set on the beach, sign up for surf lessons. Whichever option you choose, you can make the most of your time on the water.

Sing Your Heart Out

Summer is one of the most popular times for outdoor concerts. This year, Willie Nelson is hosting a Fourth of July Picnic in Del Valle, Texas featuring Sheryl Crow, Kacey Musgraves, and Steve Earle among others. If Willie Nelson doesn’t tickle your fancy, there are plenty of other options. Enjoying outdoor music is an excellent way to beat the summer heat, sing along to your favorite tunes, and create fond new memories that don’t revolve around ribs or spiked lemonade.


Sign up for a Fourth of July 5K. There are many commemorative runs nationwide, which celebrate local traditions, American heritage, and local heroes. Sweat it out in their honor. It’s a dynamic way to kick off the holiday, and if you’ve got the energy later, you will have definitely earned your beer.

This year, get creative with your Fourth of July celebration. There’s nothing wrong with taking it easy, but there’s plenty of active fun to be had if you’re feeling adventurous.

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