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Well, the Fourth of July has passed and now you suddenly realize that summer is practically over, and you didn’t do half of the epic fun things you thought you were going to do. For many of us, summer vacation is anything but a “vacation”. Between the hustle of internships and seasonal jobs, we’ve forgotten to have a little fun too. But it’s not too late! With only a few more weeks left of summer vacation, here are five more ways you can take advantage of the rest of what summer has to offer.
It’s never too late to take another road trip. A road trip doesn’t mean a long cross-country drive either. A lot of college kids swore up and down that they were going to the beach and haven't been yet. Looking for a quick get away? Pile a few good friends in the car and head to the nearest beach for a fun and relaxing day.
You haven’t seen any of your old home friends since you’ve been back in your hometown, so to make good on all those “We’re definitely going to hang this summer" texts, invite over a few good friends who you don't see often. Add good music and even better food, and you’ll be sure to have a cool time.
This is one of the few things I told myself I was going to do when I came home, and still plan on doing! Get out of your dining comfort zone and research some different restaurants in your city. Be that Asian, Indian, or Mexican cuisine—experience something different so you’ll be able to talk and rave about that dish you never knew existed later. You’ll be surprised by the treasures that have been literally five miles or fewer from you all this time. I bet you’ll find a gem of a place and be glad you did by the time the check comes.
Every year in my hometown, we hold four annual celebrations: the African American festival, Artscape, the Stone Soul picnic and HonFest, which are all outdoor festivals filled with loud music, great food, and lots of cool vendors selling a plethora of goodies. Find out if your hometown or surrounding area is hosting a similar event and plan to spend the day having fun enjoying all the things that make your city unique.
As Janelle Monaé would say, “Let yo' booty do that yoga.” Yes, yoga! Yoga is a great way to stay fit, happy and healthy. Passionate yoga practitioners note that yoga is helpful in aiding one in becoming more mentally, physically and spiritually rejuvenated. And with it almost being time to head back to school, we could use the extra time to prepare ourselves for a kick ass school year. Because once we get back, it’s back to business. Don’t have money for a class? Find a nice quiet spot and research some yoga poses for beginners to get started.
Dr. Cox may be the most sarcastic, snarky, and nasty person to ever cross television screens.
Dr. Cox may be the most sarcastic, snarky, and nasty person to ever cross television screens. His long-winded commentary and ability to destroy just about anyone made him terrifying and hilarious. Once you broke through his tough persona, Dr. Cox was genuine, caring and dedicated. He wanted the best for his patients and his interns. Here are some of funniest, most sarcastic and downright mean lines that Dr. Cox has said during his stint on Scrubs.
If you can be proud of your country on he 4th of July, you can be proud all year long.
I'm the child of a Marine Veteran. He may have been out of the service by the time I was born, but the Patriotic Pride he lived by has been my family's life line. I grew up with the American Flag hanging in my front porch. My dad has the "Proud to be a Marine" license plate in the front of his car. And red, white, and blue is a completely acceptable way to decorate your living room. But it doesn't end with just that. You need to know why we celebrate freedom.
We celebrate on the Fourth of July, beacause that was the official day that the original thirteen colonies declaired their independence from Great Britain, by the terms and reasoning of the Declairation of Independence. We celebrate to thank those men and women who continue to keep us free from any other governing nation. Every year since 1776, we have had to fight to keep our freedom. Whether that be in wars,
According to Katy Perry, "Baby You're a Firework." I don't know if she was referring to the Fourth of July when she was referencing fireworks, but this song has allowed this generation to rejoice. The song "Firework" allows people of all ages to appreciate the lyrics, as the song brings forth a positive state of mind. Unfortunately, just like the song, not every knows what the Fourth of July is actually for. Many just assume it is that one time of year you get to spend time barbecuing and see fireworks light up the sky. Even though many are not aware of the American historical significance, this holiday has annually encouraged people to come together happily, which could very much be the importance of it.
When I was young, I remember my family lining up outdoor chairs on the grass of our backyard. My grandparents would come over; my dad would be off of work. We all got our blankets and popcorn ready so we could watch the night sky light up with fireworks. We lived in the Los Angeles Valley, where it was terribly hot especially during the month of July. But we still cuddled together eating popcorn in blankets so the family could be all together.
Who doesn't like barbecuing and watching corn get roasted?
I won't mention any names, but I have quit a few friends that throw fireworks illegally with their friends. It is a tradition so many of them don't worry about getting in trouble. They already know of all the sneaky places to go so that they don't get caught.
Some of us might live in the middle of the countryside where seeing fireworks is not so accessible.
Regardless if we can see the fireworks in person or not, many family have a tradition to crowd in front of the television and watch the fireworks annually together. Though they have seen the same firework display yearly, it never gets old for them.
Who doesn't love dates? And if there is already a place where you know has a good firework display, you don't have to do much planning.
Cuddling is great. Take advantage of this day.
This is a perfect day to eliminate that summer boredom and hang out with friends. And if you claim to not have any friends, make them quickly.
Therefore, you must all take advantage of the Fourth of July as an excuse to spend time with loved ones or just see a great firework display. This holiday is only once a year, so go have some fun.
It’s the celebration of our great nation, and you’re all invited.
It’s the celebration of our great nation, and you’re all invited.
It's basically the middle of the summer season and all you've seen is the inside of your cubicle. You’re drowning in business casual attire, and if you’re a fool, you’ve spent your 9-5 hungover and getting coffee. Needless to say, summer isn’t everything it used to be. If you’re a working, ‘real’ human this summer, you haven’t worn your letters for quite some time...your boss doesn’t necessarily appreciate a frocket and homemade lunch packed in a painted cooler, so you’ve suppressed the Greek party animal within. The beer hungry, Ke$ha craving beast has been denied all indulgences and you’re sick and tired of being a slave to the man, the clock, and income tax. So when you see Fourth of July on the horizon, the promise of a post game, a day drink, and girls scantily clad in color coordinated attire hangs in the air:
1. You finally have more that two days to get drunk this weekend: Praise the founding fathers that the 4th falls on a Friday this year. A 3-day weekend means more drinking and more beach time. Cheers Benjamin!
2. You will always have appropriate attire to wear: Thankfully, your fraternity or sorority always designs at least one v-neck or tank that cheesily incorporates your letters into a cliché American slogan
3. Everyone is chillin', even the cops: Even though school’s out for the summer, that college-cop-radar installed in you is on high alert...especially when the armed forces and friends are everywhere you turn with their beer coozies and Gap American flag t-shirts. Hey, the po-po are free Americans too kids. They too want to fly their USA colors with pride and throw back a few beers.
4. You can sing Wagon Wheel as many times as you please, maybe even enough times ‘till you actually know the lyrics.
5. Every house has an open door policy: Even if your not a brother of their frat and don’t have cash for the cover, Fourth of July shows us the bigger picture. Everyone knows USA’s secret handshake—iPhone in one hand, drank in the other, you can’t even handshake so all is well. Welcome my American brotheren!
6. Chubbies are a hot commodity: Heck, they’re even encouraged. Your thighs need the tan and ‘Merica doesn’t have enough stars or stripes to cover the appropriate amount of you. So go ahead, girls aren’t the only ones who can sport short shorts!
7. Aside from a family wedding, it's the only other holiday appropriate to day drink with your parents, extended family and honestly any person 20 years your senior.
8. The food of the 4th is absolutely the perfect drunk food. (It’s just a plus that it also fits this weekend’s party allowance)
9. It gives your partying a purpose, therefore you can go extra hard. Nothing wrong with a weekend rager celebrating the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave. Plus, you can finally listen to those EDM beats (you know the cool songs you found on Sound Cloud that you've been turning down on your ipod during your daily commute to work), out loud and be the trendy kid at the post-game with the under cover super sick songs.
10. When you accidentally sing your sorority song and throw up your gang sign, you won't have to feel embarrassed, because you'll know that frat and srat stars all across the USA are right there with ya.
1. Brittany Morgan, National Writer's Society
2. Radhi, SUNY Stony Brook
3. Kristen Haddox, Penn State University
4. Jennifer Kustanovich, SUNY Stony Brook
5. Clare Regelbrugge, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign