Fourth of July weekend is almost here – and have you heard the news? 🚫🧨 NO FIREWORKS, not only in Vancouver (where they’ve been banned since 2015) but also across Clark County and in Portland. These latter bans are only temporary as we’re coping with extra dry conditions in the wake of record-breaking temps.
But don’t fret – there are so many other wonderful ways to celebrate! Let us provide a few suggestions.
For the backyard BBQers:
- Brit+Co has a list of 23 super-flavorful burgers that are guaranteed to earn the praise of your guests.
- The Kitchn set out to rank four iconic female chefs’ potato salad recipes. They were all incredibly different, but equally tasty – resulting in a four-way tie!
- Country Living put together a sweet slideshow of 15 show-stopping 4th of July cookies, some of which take as little as 20min to prepare.
For the crafty critters:
- To make this star-spangled slime from MomDot, you just need glue, liquid starch, food coloring, and some receptacles to mix them all together. (Glitter is optional… but who wouldn’t want glitter?)
- 4th of July Bingo from One Creative Mommy – printable boards and calling cards all included. There’s even a ‘Land of the Free Space’; too cute!
- Who needs fireworks when you can make your own DIY confetti poppers from Happiness is Homemade?!
For runners of all (stars and) stripes:
- The Four on the Fourth Virtual 4-mile Fun Run is based out of Steilacoom, but you can compete anywhere you like for only $10.
- The Independence Day Half Marathon at Champoeg State Park is just a 45min drive from Vancouver, and also offers a 5k and a 10k race. $84 to register for the half marathon; just $64 for the 5- and 10k.
- The Salem Stars & Stripes event is a 5k run around the lovely Creekside Golf Course with a 1/2 mile option for kids, plus a ‘military challenge’ option that comes with three calisthenics stations, for those who really wanna push themselves. $40 for the regular run, $45 for the challenge, and $15 for the kid’s run.