Summer is here! 4 festivals you can celebrate this July.

Summer is the best season, hands down. And July is the prime month of summer, sandwiched in between the three main months of summer. The stormy June days are over, and there is nothing but long, dry, hot days ahead. July is prime time for heavenly days at the beach or at the pool.

Make the best of your kid’s summer vacation and start packing your bags!  No matter where you choose to visit in July, you’re bound to experience an exciting festival, local events or some delicious summer foods!

1)Fourth of July celebrations may vary around our nation but there’s one constant that can be counted on- fireworks. Powerful pyrotechnic displays aren’t only found in major cities like New York , Chicago or Washington D.C. , small cities like Addison, Dover , Whitefish are worth seeking out for their small-town charm, stunning natural settings and of course spectacular fireworks! Get ready to rock your block party this Fourth of July!  Gather friends into your star-spangled backyard for a day of silly costumes, serious lip-syncing, and macaroni necklaces. Let the fireworks begin!

Arranging a fun party for our friends and family should be pretty easy  considering the color scheme is already decided for us. If you’re feeling crafty, create an adorable banner which you can use year after year. Cut your watermelon slices into stars and show your pride in a delicious manner! Last year Mandy and her cousins had a great time playing “patriotic basketball”. I purchased red, blue and white balloons and filled them with water.  To win the game the kids had to pass 20 balloons in the hoops within a time limit. This year all the kids in the neighborhood will decorate their own bikes and then meet for a parade and then have a bike decorating party at our garage. Make sure you share your family’s patriotic traditions with us in the comment section.

2)Gear up for the largest and most exciting folk festival – Folk Art Festival Santa Fe (July 12th to July 14th) Approximately 180 artisans from different countries (mostly the third world countries) gather here to sell their wares. There is a stall for each artisan, and since language barrier may be a potential problem, volunteer translators are on hand to help make introductions, answer questions and facilitate sales. Get details here.

 

3)Mid winter Christmas may not be an official holiday but it’s a fun way to warm up winter. If you live in the Southern Hemisphere you might be able to use actual snow for having fun, but we Americans are willing to make a happy compromise! Set up a fake fireplace in the corner of your lounge. You can create an entire scene with DIY snowflakes and even a snowman! Create sparkling snowball decorations by covering ping pong balls with silver and white glitter. Eager to get some more ideas? Click here.

 

4)July also holds Guru Purnima, a popular festival among the Hindus. It is an auspicious day for meditation. It is the day to review one’s progress on the spiritual path and renew one’s determination and focus on the goal, and to resolve what one wants to do in the coming year.

 

Don’t forget to share your experiences with us in the comment section! Thanks for reading. Hope you all have a joyous July!

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