How To Have A (FREE) Fun-Filled Summer

Written on by Mindy Haas

“We are the home of the free because of the brave.”

How true and sobering that statement is.

I spent this past Memorial Day weekend with family in Parryville, PA.  My husband built a campfire and we cooked hotdogs while our one niece caught us up on the amazing book she just read and the other on her latest sea-cadet adventure.   The next day, we lazed by the Pokomo Creek that ran by the camper, chatting, snacking, and dipping in the ice-cold water when the humidity became too much.

It was cheery, lazy, and fun.

I’m sure this was the case for many across the U.S. as they celebrated the holiday on the beach, at a BBQ, or in their own backyards.

Would it even be possible without those that made the ultimate sacrifice?  One friend aptly put it this way: “It’s not really a HAPPY Memorial Day, but a GRATEFUL and THANKFUL Memorial Day.”

So, we honor all the men and women who served in the American armed forces who gave their lives so that we can have carefree summer days.  THANK YOU to the families who sacrificed their fathers, mothers, husbands, wives, sons, and daughters.

In honor of those who gave us our freedom, we put together a list of FREE fun-filled activities you can enjoy this summer.

Firework Displays

Summer would not be summer without catching a firework show or two.  Our first summer as a married couple, my husband and I went to about eight fireworks displays in nearby towns.  We happily discovered the best show was right down the street from us in our local park!  It included pyrotechnics and was synchronized to popular and patriotic songs.  This is a MUST each year.  It’s highly entertaining and doesn’t cost us a thing!

Find fireworks near you

Summer Concert Series

Again, we lucked out with the community park right down the street.  Each Sunday, the community park is strewn with lawn chairs for the free weekly concert series.  We bring our chairs, drinks and snacks and spend an evening in good company with live music.

Many communities have free concerts on different nights of the week.  Ask around to see what’s near you.  Here are a couple to get you started.

Find Concerts Near You

Movies In The Park

I love watching movies, so this is a great way to enjoy a movie AND spend more time outdoors.  We’ll take advantage of some of these this summer!

Find Movies Near You

Day Trips

My husband and I love international travel, but it’s just not in the cards for us this year.  While a bit disappointed, I’m cheered by the prospect of exploring the rich history, nature and culture right in our own back yard.  Here are some awesome things to explore in the Philadelphia region.

State parks

My husband and I like take advantage of the Pennsylvania outdoors, which holds many happy childhood memories for both of us.   With all the state parks in the area, you’re bound to find something near you.  Pack a cold picnic dinner, go for a hike, and enjoy the extended daylight hours.

Explore Downtown

There are many wonderful little towns all around Southeastern PA where you can explore historical sites, meander by the river, and pop into quaint shops.  My husband and I like to take our cameras and get creative for a few hours.   Here are some great nearby towns you can explore!

Welcome America Week

In the week preceding 4th of July, the city of Philadelphia does a wonderful job of bringing on the festivities.  If you’re willing to brave the downtown crowds, you can take advantage of free entrance to the top museums, free Wawa hoagies, interactive children’s activities, and free concerts at the waterfront.

View the brochure and start planning!

And there you have it, some of the best activities for this summer.  We hope you have a have a (FREE) fun-filled summer.

Happy Summer Planning!

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