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4th of July party hints 3 and recipe for banana boats

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The story of America’s birth is a thrilling tale of perseverance, sacrifice and vision. Try the ideas below to have a classic 4th of July party which adopts certain aspects of America’s struggle for independence to create unique games and other ideas to celebrate the Stars and Stripes.

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Games for the 4th of July can range from elaborate re-enactments to subtle homages to the birth of the United States. If you want to go all out, consider a short re-enactment of the Revolutionary War, the Boston Tea Party or the signing of the Declaration of Independence. If you prefer simpler games, play basketball with a red, white and blue ABA-style basketball or run festive sack races with theme-style sacks. You could make a King of England piñata or play Pin the Tail on the British Parliament, using Revolutionary soldiers as the “tails.”

If the weather is bad (think tropical storm/hurricane Andrew moving up the East Coast), the party will likely be inside. In addition to the Pin the Tail game, which can be played indoors or outdoors, why not play a game of American-history themed charades, American history Jeopardy and/or American-themed Pictionary.

Before the party begins, why not whip up this recipe for Banana Boats which is shared with us with permission from “MasterChef” fan –favorite Bri Kozior.

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • Any toppings you want: peanut butter, chocolate chips, cereal, marshmallows, coconut...anything that sounds yummy!
  • Aluminum foil

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F degrees.
  2. After peeling your banana, make a small slice lengthwise in your banana using your fingers to open it more so you can fit all your toppings inside, and place it on a flat sheet of aluminum foil.
  3. Fill the banana with whatever toppings sound delicious to you! I personally love chocolate chips, marshmallow, peanut butter, and graham cracker crumbs. (Then it'll taste like a peanut butter s'mores!)
  4. Wrap your banana up with the seam (where the two ends meet) of the aluminum at the top so that no fillings come out.
  5. Bake at 350°F for about 10 minutes and let cool before eating.
  6. You can eat it with graham crackers, on ice cream, or just with a spoon!
  7. Enjoy
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