The 4th of July means a day off to sit back with family and friends and celebrate the awesome freedoms we have here in the states. Everyone has their own traditions of food and activities, but the day isn’t complete without some light competition. I think playing a game or participating in a sport on the holiday is a great way to honor the hard work and determination of our fore-fathers. Here is a small guide on how to squeeze the most out of your summertime bash.
Keep it simple
Games like Washers, Bags (AKA Cornhole), Horseshoes, and Lawn Darts take little set up and create hours of fun. There is no reason not to have at least one of these for your guests’ enjoyment. Just please find a safe place to play. That means away from heavy traffic areas. Nowhere people keep crossing back and forth. Washers is the easiest to make. All you need is two metal coffee cans, two short walled boxes for the cans to sit in and maybe two dozen metal washers from the hardware store. 2-3 inch washers work best. Teams go back and forth tossing the washers into the cans. 2 points for a washer in the can, 1 point if it lands in the box. Simple. Also way safer then Lawn Darts or Horseshoes.
Play some Catch (baseball or football). Get a two-hand touch game going. Or maybe Monkey-in-the-Middle. 500. Find some grass and play 3 on 3 soccer. Don’t have a goal? No problem, use a pile of rocks or your t-shirt. Is there a basketball hoop in the driveway? Then get Knockout (AKA Lightning), 21, Around the World, H-O-R-S-E going if you can’t find a full teams. Throw a frisbee around with a human or a dog. My favorite memory was when we would go to the field behind my friend’s place and we would play Home Run Derby. Seeing how many deep shots we could hit. The takeaway here is to break a sweat. Earn that third helping of potato salad. Then cool down with a frosty drink and watch some fireworks.
Go for it
Don’t be scared. Someone will be playing something at the 4th of July party and you should join them. Who cares if you’re any good? It’s all about saying yes to life and living it up for our ancestors. Don’t feel embarrassed either. This is THE holiday for wacky backyard games like Badminton, Duck Duck Goose and Freeze Tag. Indulge. Hell, go fly a kite.
A last note on fireworks. Be SUPER CAREFUL. Remember what happened to Justin Pierre-Paul? Here is a follow up from ESPN with a video. Warning: graphic images. Don’t ruin everyone’s good time by hurting yourself. Just eat too much and have fun. Isn’t that what America is all about?