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July 12, 2024

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Let Freedom Ring for the Fourth!

Celebrate at home with all the gusto you can muster! Happy Independence Day!

Kid Fun!

1) Decorate the Bikes, Trikes & Scooters

Keep it simple and fun by using streamers in red, white and blue. Hit up Party City for their American sections for all kinds of ideas and accessories. Check out Pinterest to see all the many ways parents have helped kids fancy-up their ride-ons. Dress up the kids and don’t forget the helmets!

2) Let them Help you Make Red & White Treats

Of course, the dessert cake iced with white icing and decorated with strawberries and blueberries to make a flag is the classic. Other suggestions:

Yogurt popsicles
Red, white and blue bark
Rice Krispie treatsRed, white & blue cookies

3) STREAM β€œThis is America,” Charlie Brown

From the voyage of the Mayflower to outer space, this multi-episode series is delightful for young kids to watch. They can groove with Snoopy and the gang and even hear a speech by Lucy on American heroes. You can buy an episode or a seaon at Amazon Prime.

4) Download Fourth of JulyPrintables
Fourth of July word searches, puzzles and coloring sheets are yours online.

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Sparkler Safety

Sparklers burn as hot as a torch and can reach temperatures as high as 1,200Β° F! The stems stay hot long after, too β€” don’t let kids just toss ’em on the ground. When handing one over to your little one, be safe. Use a disposable plastic cup that you can poke the sparkler’s end into before lighting it. Your child’s hand fits right inside and holds the handle of it, which protects the little hand from the sparks. Also, keep a bucket of water nearby for kids to put their used sparkler stems in.

Protect Those Little Ears

Fireworks can cause noise-induced hearing loss, too. TheΒ American Speech-Language-Hearing AssociationΒ says, “Impulse noises greater than 140 dBP will hurt your hearing right away.” This includes fireworks from three feet away or firecrackers, which are 150 dBP. These are “painful impulse noises” and are not safe for any period of time.

So, it’s important to keep your kids safe should you decide to shoot fireworks off at home. The loud booms of fireworks, especially if you’re close to them at home, can be damaging to Baby’s ears. It’s important that you provide the rightΒ protectionΒ for him when viewing them from a close range.

Whatever the case may be, safety is of utmost importance when it comes to fireworks. Never let kids light them or carry them around in their pockets. Be responsible and have a safe and fun Fourth of July.

About the Author

Susan Swindell Day

Susan Day is the editor in chief for this award-winning publication and all-things Nashville Parent digital creative. She's also an Equity actress, screenwriter and a mom of four amazing kids.