Festivities for Everyone CELEBRATING THE 4TH OF JULY
Across the country, people gather at this time of year to pay tribute to our country’s independence and the people who continue to maintain it. From big celebrations like Six Flags’ July 4 Fest to backyard barbecues, there’s something for everyone.
a concert and fireworks later in the evening. This event focuses on recognizing local heroes, our first responders.
Also on July 6, the Maryland Symphony Orchestra puts on a lively show aptly titled “Salute to Independence.” This free event takes place at the Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg and starts at 7:30 p.m., with fireworks later on when it gets dark. The website suggests you bring a blanket to sit on, water, and a flashlight for when it gets dark. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Because it draws a large crowd, there is usually heavy traffic following the event. You may be best off using alternative transportation to get there and back home. There are shuttle buses that bring you close to the event, but it is still a short walk to get inside. Buses run from 3 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., and a round-trip ticket from the designated parking area is $2
Celebrating from the comforts of home with a group of friends is a great option for families with young kids, especially if the little ones are a little nervous around all the loud noises. Sparklers can be a great way to let them experience some of the fun without the big bangs. Often, there’s a display not far if you decide you want a better view. On July 4, Rockville’s Independence Day Celebration is at Mattie J.T. Stepanek Park in King Farm. There’s music and fireworks, and you can bring in your own food and drinks.
Two days later on July 6 and only 1 1/2 hours from Rockville, the city of Havre de Grace will put on their own legendary parade winding from Union Avenue to Tydings Park. It will be followed by
per person, with kids under 5 riding for free.
However you celebrate, stay safe and have fun!
Hiking With Your Kids WATCH THEIR WORLD EXPAND WITH EVERY STEP
Text Hiking has many benefits as a family activity, such as mental
Let your kids look at leaves, rocks, insects, or anything else you might come across on the trail. You can also bring binoculars to help them look at a bird that might be perched a little too high up. Another option is a bug holder to let your kids catch smaller insects, such as grasshoppers or pill bugs, and give them a close-up look. KEEP SAFETY IN MIND While you’re out on the trail, it’s essential to make sure that both you and your family are safe. Wear breathable, noncotton material and sturdy shoes that don’t expose your toes. It’s important to dress according to the weather. For example, if the day is sunny, wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays and apply plenty of sunscreen on any exposed skin. Bring your kids’ favorite snacks and water bottles for everyone to stay hydrated. It’s crucial that you also bring a fully stocked first-aid kit in case someone is injured on the hike. Starting with one of your local hiking trails can be a rewarding way to spend the day with your kids. You can watch their excitement as they expand their world with new discoveries.
health improvement, strengthening your relationships, and experiencing new sights and discoveries together. It’s also great exercise, and you get plenty of quality time, fresh air, and sunshine. Here are three guidelines to help you and your kids have fun on your next hike.
ENCOURAGE THEIR CURIOSITY One of the best ways to have your children learn about the world is letting them explore it. Being there for your children and encouraging them to ask questions about flowers, bugs, or animals you see on the trail will help them expand their vocabulary and learn how things work. When they learn they can explore independently and ask about the world around them, they’re gaining the confidence to teach themselves. BRING ALONG SOME TOOLS OF DISCOVERY Getting your children to engage in nature while you’re out hiking can be as simple as bringing a magnifying glass along with you.
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