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Green Outdoor Fun, Green Fourth of July Independence Fun

Good morning and hopefully this is the start of your relaxing holiday weekend.    Our fun Friday quick hits is all about the Fourth of July, specifically how you and your family can green your Independence Day celebrations.  Providing tips on how to green your celebrations to news about "green" fireworks and ideas for activities to do this weekend, we at KeenforGreen.com want to give you all the resources necessary to have a sustainable and fun time this weekend.  Take a gander below and enjoy the resources.

Green Fireworks

How to Have a Green 4th of July Party: Associated Content is providing ten tips for an eco-conscious celebration. Some of the tips are obvious, such as providing receptacles for recycling and compost, while others not so much. For example, have you thought about the time of day when your celebration will take place? To conserve electricity, consider having your 4th of July party at a naturally comfortable time of day, like dusk or evening when things have cooled down, rather than in the height of the noon sun.

Organic Veggies!

July Fourth preview: Ice cream social goes green, Compostable material to replace plastic utensils: The Williston Observer of Vermont is reporting on how an annual ice cream social in this small town is going green in their annual ice cream social. Instead of Styrofoam plates and plastic spoons, attendees will eat with compostable utensils and biodegradable bowls. This is all part of the WING Green Initiatives Committee, which meets every two weeks, has sponsored environmental film viewings and other green events.

Green fourth of July Picnic

The Green4th: Now this was quite the find on the internet. An entire site dedicated to Americans greening the environment. I really enjoyed the classic American posters. Stop by and give this site some great traffic and enjoy the varied posts.

 

Green4th

'Green' Fireworks For 4th Of July - Can You Get The Same Boom With Less Pollution?: Scientific Blogging has a great article on environmentally friendly fireworks. It discusses alternatives to the usual pyrotechnics, which include potassium perchlorate salts (potassium and ammonium). Perchlorate is a pollutant with unknown effects on people and wildlife. These new type of fireworks keep the explosion and remove the pollutants.

 

Fourth of July Activities: How stuff works is providing an extensive list on activities that parents can do with their kids. This family friendly fun includes craft ideas such as Red, White, and Blue Bugs and independence themed fingernails.

Red, white and Blue Bugs

Vacation Ideas for Nature Lovers: The National Resource Defense Council has a wonderful resource and article to help with summertime vacations. The resource is a map including over 300 locations in the United States that will be the basis of a lot of family fun. Go to the site and research places to go in your area.