Every July I get each of my kids a new white t-shirt and then let them paint it with red and blue fabric paint and sponges and let them wear it on Independence Day. They LOVE it and it is worth the mess (only once a year.) Then on the morning of the 4th we go to the city park where there is a big celebration and take the kids on rides and browse the vending booths. Then that evening we have a big backyard BBQ, complete with hamburgers, potato salad, watermelon and homemade root beer. Then of course we have our own fireworks to do with the kids before we watch the city fireworks. Then it's into bed and the kids sleep late the next morning. It was such a fun day! What are your 4th of July traditions?