The Fourth of July is one of the biggest occasions celebrated all over the country. It is the perfect opportunity to bring the community together and celebrate as a group.
So why not do just that by hosting Independence Day celebrations at church?
If you’re already on to that plan, here are some ideas for hosting a fun service that involves the entire community:
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1. Host an All-Day Grill Fest
A food fest is a great way to get people together. But you can’t host a dinner party that clashes with the fireworks show.
So why not host an all-day grill fest instead?
You can plan a family-friendly concert, organize a kids’ show, and ensure there’s food for every type of eater.
You can also ask members to bring along guests.
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You can wrap up the event around 7 p.m. so everyone can enjoy the fireworks.
2. Host or Participate in an Independence Day Parade
Encourage church members to join the local Independence Day parade. If there’s no local parade, you can organize one of your own.
Independence Day parades are a great way to get members involved in some fun activities outdoors. You can also meet new families in the neighborhood.
It can be a lot of work preparing a float and making the decorations, but you can enlist members who wish to volunteer. You can create some church flyers to distribute during the parade and encourage bystanders to join your community.
3. Perform for the City
If your city has a Fourth of July event planned, volunteer to participate in it. You can do a music show with your worship team to bring the community spirit to the event. Let your volunteers choose family-friendly songs or patriotic ones they’d like to perform for the event.
You can design some shirts to wear for the performance. This establishes unity within your performing group and may encourage audience members to reach out to your church and join your community.
If you can’t put on a music show, another way to participate in the event is by sponsoring water bottles for the attendees. Customize the labels on the bottles with the name of your church along with contact details. You can also distribute church flyers with the bottles.
4. Plan a Multicultural Service
If you want to hold an inclusive event, why not host a multicultural service? It gives you an excellent opportunity to meet new people. It is a simple event that doesn’t require too many frills and complex details.
You can ask guests to offer prayers, read scriptures, and bring ethnic dishes to serve afterward. You can also plan sermons around topics like freedom’s responsibility or honoring veterans.
5. Plan a Patriotic Movie Night
Do you want to do something more independence-themed that everyone can enjoy? A patriotic movie night ticks all of those boxes.
Take a poll or decide on popular movies that everyone will enjoy. Some of the best options include Air Force One, Captain America, Independence Day, Iron Man, and other similar films.
Don’t forget to prepare lots of popcorn and refreshments for everyone.
You can hold a movie night on the evening before the fireworks. Send out flyers a month in advance to give everyone a head’s up. You don’t want people to miss the event due to short notice or because they forgot.
6. Plan to Watch the Fireworks Together
Hosting your own fireworks show can be expensive. Fortunately, you can watch the fireworks with your local community of both church-goers and non-goers.
There are two ways you can enjoy the fireworks without paying for them.
Does the location of your church have a good view of the fireworks show? You can plan a community viewing on-site and get the word out via some 4th of July flyers. Inform your members what they need to bring to enjoy the show, and let them know they’re free to bring guests along. The more, the merrier!
But if you don’t have a great view of the works, don’t worry. You can organize a trip with church members to the local fireworks show. When you spend time with the bigger local community, you can have fun and encourage others to join your church.
To Sum It Up
The Fourth of July festivities are best spent with family, friends, and community.
We hope this list of ideas can help you brainstorm and organize your own event to spread joy and deliver your church’s message to everyone you will encounter.
Happy Fourth of July!