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How to Make an Impact on July 4th

A fireworks display lights up the night sky over a 50-foot-wide American flag during an early Independence Day celebration sponsored by the East McComb Baptist Church in Summit, Miss., Saturday, July 3, 2004. (AP Photo/The Enterprise-Journal, Aaron Rhoads.)

It’s that time of the year again – America’s birthday! Independence day, or as most of us call it, The Fourth of July, is a federal holiday that marks the United States’ independence from Great Britain.

Last year we compiled a list of ways to make a difference on the Fourth by honoring the servicemen and women who dedicate their lives to protecting this country.

We’ve added a few more ways for you to get involved in your community this holiday weekend:

  1. Show your appreciation by volunteering with veterans in your local community! Not only will you make an impact on the lives of men and women who have served our country, but it’s a great opportunity to learn about their experiences. Visit the Department of Veterans Affairs or American Legion websites to find out what you can do.
  2. Send a letter or care package to someone serving overseas.   These men and women are far from their families and would appreciate a taste of home and a kind word! For a full list of needed items–like socks and Band Aids–and information on where to send letters and care packages, check out Any Soldieror The Hugs Project.
  3. Have an old iPod or another MP3 player you don’t use anymore? Don’t throw it away! Donate your gently used MP3 players to a wounded or ill veteran soldier in one of the many veterans or military hospitals around the world. Music has been shown to help soldiers recover by reducing stress, pain and anxiety. Visit The Silver Star Families of America website to learn more.
  4. Get moving! Most cities and towns across the country host parades for the Fourth of July and look for volunteers to help out. From marching in the parade to helping out with manning water stations, the opportunities to help are endless. Visit your town’s official website to learn more about getting involved with parade preparations.
  5. For more ways to lend a hand in your community this summer, visit GreatNonprofits.org and VolunteerMatch.org.

What are your plans for the Fourth of July this year? Do you plan to make an impact in your community? Let us know in the comment section below.

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