This scene is so familiar: the music is blaring out of the stereo playing Frankie Beverly and Maze’s hit tune, “Before I Let Go” as relatives eat and drink and reminisce about old times. Kids are running to and fro as you swat the mosquitos away, and Uncle Sonny keeps reminding you of when you were caught skipping school your junior year of high school. It’s a family affair, a celebration of Independence Day, allowing you to spend time with those in your life who you don’t get to see that often.
Here are a few tips to help you make the most out of your Fourth of July:
Don’t Be A Wallflower
Live your life like it’s golden! These are your friends, your homies, your relatives, your loved ones. They don’t get to see all of the time so mix it up! Yes, you may very well not like many of the people at this gathering, but for just one day, make the most out of it and mingle a bit. Ask Aunt Charlotte about her arthritis and play with Helen’s kids even though they are terrors. This is what family is all about. Mix, mingle and be merry! I promise you, after awhile, you will enjoy it!
Be A Photographer
Make sure your digital camera is well charged and have it ready for every smile, laugh, and holler! Photos are the best way to remember these precious times, so get your picture taking on so that you can look back and cherish this time.
You play a mean game of Spades and you can beat the best at dominos. Playing games and participating in the family barbecue fare is what makes occasions like these so much fun. Be prepared for the trash talking that comes with competition but not to worry, you’ve got it in the bag!
Dance It Up
You may not be the best dancer in the family, but on days like today, it doesn’t matter! There are no rules to dancing at the family barbecue. Do some old school steps like the Robot, the Cabbage Patch, and the snake. People will feel you and most likely join in. And you will work off some of those extra calories of carrot cake you ate after dinner.
Take It All In
Look around and take in all of the love, joy, and fun of this day. It’s not only the day that America found it’s independence from Britain—it’s also a day for spending time with your family, relishing everything that you are thankful for.
I hope that each and every one of you enjoy the Fourth of July weekend!