The Fourth of July is a fun summer celebration full of backyard barbeques, parades and fireworks. And for many families, it’s a wonderful opportunity to spend quality time together. If you have older loved ones in your life, you may be wondering how to safely include them in your July Fourth festivities, especially if they have health limitations or mobility issues.
Fortunately, there are still plenty of patriotic activities and events that older adults can participate in. Here are some suggestions to celebrate Independence Day with your senior loved ones in mind.
Enjoy a fireworks display.
Fireworks are a staple of Independence Day. However, since fireworks displays usually involve large crowds and loud sounds, it is important to have a plan in place before you take a senior to see a show. Park nearby so you don’t have to walk far. Bring a comfortable chair for your loved one. And finally, remember to bring a light jacket or blanket in case it gets chilly when the sun goes down.
Likewise, if your aging parent can’t get outside for fireworks, consider watching a live firework show on television at home. This is a great option for seniors who feel overwhelmed with loud sights and noises, but still want to enjoy the July Fourth festivities.
Watch a community parade.
Parades are a fun way to celebrate the Fourth of July with friends and family in your community. If you plan to take a senior loved one to a local parade or festival, remember to wear light colored clothing, drink plenty of water, apply sunscreen and wear a hat to stay cool in the sun. Seek shade if you can, and bring a chair to help older adults avoid standing for long periods of time.
Attend a backyard barbecue.
An Independence Day cookout is the perfect activity for seniors who prefer small get-togethers with family and friends. Invite your older loved one over for food and games. If they are able, include them in the party planning by asking them to help you make a dish or decorate for the party.
Make red, white and blue crafts.
Some seniors may prefer to engage in July Fourth festivities while remaining indoors. Whether it’s banners, wreaths or handmade flags, there are many fun and patriotic craft ideas to try. Seniors can gather with friends for a day of crafting, snacks and socializing. It’s also a great opportunity for grandparents to bond with grandchildren.
A great way to celebrate Independence Day is to remember those who have fought for our freedom. Take your senior loved one to visit a local veterans cemetery and honor their lives by placing flowers or U.S. flags at their gravesites.
Happy Fourth of July from VGV
The Fourth of July holiday is a wonderful time to gather with family and friends. Whether you attend a parade, go on a picnic, complete a craft or watch a fireworks show, it’s important that you think about the specific needs of your older loved ones. With these ideas in mind, the older adults in your life can enjoy a safe, fun-filled Independence day with the people they love.
At Vista Grande Villa, we’re here to help your senior loved ones enjoy this Independence Day—and every day—doing the things they love. Check out our community calendar for more information about our upcoming activities and events.