10 Great Ways to Celebrate Summer

Explore the iconic summer traditions that make America great, from a road trip across the states to a barbecue in your backyard. Get ideas for spending time with family and making time for fun.

By: Hannah Mills

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Take a Road Trip Across America

See America like you never have before this summer! Get ideas for road trips across the country, from natural wonders like the Grand Canyon to historic attractions. Make a bucket list and hit the open road!

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Plan an Amusement Park Day Trip

Spend the day riding roller coasters, eating funnel cakes or just people watching.

Take a Dip

There are swimming holes spanning across the country from Ichetucknee Springs State Park, Florida to Carlon Falls, California. Grab a friend and dive into one near you!

Set Up Camp

Whether you set up tents in your backyard under the stars, or road trip across America, camping will bring your family closer together as you smack on s'mores by the campfire.

Saunter Through Your Farmers' Market

Plan to visit a local farmers' market at least once this summer. Let the kids pick out something they like, then get the whole family involved in the dinner-making process. Be creative and try to use everyone's chosen ingredient in one meal.

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Pack a Picnic

Set up red, white and blue blankets and pillows for a patriotic picnic. Get the kids involved by having them help you make their favorite sandwiches and sides. Don't forget bug spray, sunscreen and sparklers!

Build a Neighborhood Lemonade Stand

Treat yourself and the neighbors to refreshment from a homemade lemonade stand!

Host a Backyard BBQ

One of the best ways to get friends and family together is over BBQ and beer in the backyard. Take a cue from Great American Country's Junk Gypsies cast (like Jolie Sikes' husband Todd Smith) and fire up the grill.

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Throw a Patriotic Party

Serve and display classic American foods for your Fourth of July party. Create a buffet of hot dogs, apple pie and soda pop. Top off the table with stars and stripes.

Backyard Fun

Take Family Game Night outside with classics like lawn bowling, cornhole, badminton, volleyball, and ladder ball.

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