The 4th of July; the United States of America’s Independence Day. The 4th of July has become a tradition filled with barbeques, fireworks, and well, drinking, beer especially and maybe some sweet tea or lemonade. Either way, July 4th is the quintessential summer holiday for those looking for a reason to party right smack dab in the middle of the hottest and sunniest days of the year. Luckily, for those of us in recovery, while drinking may have been a part of our 4th of July tradition, there are fun things to do on the 4th of July without alcohol. For instance check out the list below!
- Attend sober barbeques/parties
- Attend festivities with sober supports, such as sober friends and/or your sponsor for accountability and support
- Remember that you don’t have to attend every party that you’ve been invited to
- Attend a 12 Step meeting that morning or during the day or that evening
- Check your motives, make sure you are in a spiritually fit place, get input from people whom you trust, such as your sponsor
- Do something different, start your own 4th of July tradition such as a deep-sea fishing trip, going to the amusement park, museums, art shows
- Throw a party at your place and make it known to your guests that it’s a BYON-AB Party (Bring Your Own Non-Alcoholic Beverage)
- Do volunteer work: help out at your local pet shelter, homeless shelter, nursing home, or hospital
- Go to the beach either to hang out or to watch fireworks
- Have a picnic
- Go to the dog park! Dogs enjoy the 4th of July without alcohol too!
- Go hiking, tour your local botanical garden, go boating, and learn to paddle board.
- Maybe head over to the boardwalk, go wakeboarding, or lay out by the pool.
- Run a 5k, 10k or half marathon
- Go to a local sports event-baseball game.
- Have a bonfire, make smores, camp!
All of these are fun things to do on the 4th of July without alcohol. If you find some of these things that are on the list of fun things to do on the 4th of July without alcohol are things you normally would do with alcohol either don’t do them and do something new, do them anyway and see how much fun they are, or do it with a bunch of sober friends.
The 4th of July doesn’t have to be about alcohol in fact it really shouldn’t be. The 4th of July is our Independence day and really what we are celebrating is the great freedom we have in getting to do something such as celebrate the 4th of July anyway we want! And if you are looking for fun things to do on the 4th of July without alcohol, well, it’s pretty much anything you want to do just minus the alcoholic beverages. Bonus of fun things to do on the 4th of July without alcohol is that you don’t wake up on the 5th with a hangover too. So get out there and enjoy your Independence; as a country and as a sober individual!