Celebrating the Fourth of July pre-parenthood a pretty easy affair — figure out what you want to do and go do it. Now that there's a baby in your family, it's slightly more complicated. In many ways, this is the most portable your baby will be and you can modify your old holiday favorites as well as create some new baby-centric ones pretty easily, especially with these Fourth of July baby-friendly activities.
Your baby probably has no idea July 4th is any different than any other day, but that doesn't mean you can't engage them in the fun. This year, because the actual holiday is on Wednesday, there's an entire week that can be considered part of the July 4th celebration. Some will do their usual celebrations the weekend before or the weekend after the fourth. Keep an eye out for holiday events in your neighborhood and touch base with friends and family to see what your social network is doing.
If you are having a barbecue or heading to one, there are many festive red, white, and blue drinks you can create — both in cocktail and mocktail form – and even older babies can get in on the red juice fun. Sometimes entertaining the little ones at these gatherings is as simple as letting them watch or tag along with the big ones. Planning to head to the parade or somewhere with your stroller? Ask the bigger kids to help you decorate.
This is one of those "whole family" holidays and there are so many different ways you can keep your baby busy to add to the festivities. Here are just a few.