Patriotic Activities for Seniors

Posted by Christina Trentham on Jun 16, 2023 4:43:40 PM | 2 minute read

Summer is in full swing, and the 4th of July is the perfect time to relax and reconnect with family and friends of all ages! Wondering how to celebrate the fourth of July with an older loved one? There are many ways seniors can enjoy a safe and fun 4th of July celebration.

Consider these patriotic activities for seniors this 4th of July.

Have a Picnic

A picnic is a great way to connect with friends and family while celebrating the 4th of July. Host a picnic in the park, in your backyard or in your loved one’s senior living community. Picnics cater to seniors of all ability levels and can help bring people together this Independence Day.

Attend a Parade

Many towns across the country host 4th of July parades. Most parades are easily accessible to seniors and can be a great way to get out in your community. Since July weather is typically hot and sunny, older adults should wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing, stay hydrated and bring sunscreen.

Watch a Fireworks Show

No 4th of July celebration is complete without fireworks. Local fireworks displays are a fun and simple 4th of July activity for seniors who enjoy being outside. In many cases, it may be possible to watch fireworks from a more distant location that is more comfortable to seniors, like a restaurant or parking lot. Some fireworks are also televised so that you can watch them from the comfort of your home.

Make a Patriotic Craft or Dessert

Crafts may be ideal for seniors who prefer the indoors or require a more low-key Independence Day experience. There are many options when it comes to patriotic arts and craft. Fun ideas include a red, white and blue wreath, a patriotic quilt or a 4th of July flower arrangement. Make a fun day of it by inviting friends over to craft with you. Or, include your grandchildren by letting them help you make a fun 4th of July banner for a parade or patriotic cupcakes for the neighborhood BBQ.

Summertime Safety

While it’s easy to get caught up in all the fun patriotic activities and events, it’s important for seniors to stay safe when spending a lot of time in the summer heat.

Avoid too much sun: Seat your older loved ones in a cool, shady area when spending time outdoors to limit direct sun exposure.

Bring a jacket: Headed to see a fireworks show? These nighttime events often get chilly, so be sure pack a blanket or jacket for your loved one.

Have a seat: It can be tiring for seniors to stand for long periods of time. Bring comfortable seating so that your loved one can rest when they need it.

Drink water: Make sure your senior stays hydrated when spending time outdoors in the hot, summer sun by drinking plenty of water throughout the day.

Whether it’s crafting with a few friends or a large backyard cookout surrounded by family, choosing senior-friendly 4th of July activities can help older adults feel included.  Regardless of how you choose this Independence Day, sharing the experience with the seniors in your life can make this holiday a great experience for everyone.

Topics: Holidays, Safety, Social Wellness

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