It is hard to believe I know, but the Fourth of July holiday is merely days away. If you’re like most moms, your summer has been twice as crazy as the school months ever were, and you’ve probably forgotten all about making plans. So to save the day, and the weekend; here are some suggestions to make the most of your Fourth of July holiday.

A picnicking you should go… No matter where you live, local parks provide the most beautiful scenery to spend time with family and the best part is they are free! Spend Saturday or Sunday afternoon making red, white and blue cupcakes or star shaped sandwiches with the kids. Then pack up the picnic basket and the crew, and head to a local outdoor wonderland.

Splash away… With July being one of the hottest months of the year, there is nothing more refreshing than hanging out by the pool, so why not make a party out of it? Head to your local party retail store and pick up some simple Independence Day décor. Then just add friends, family, and a few snacks for the perfect July 4th combination.

To the cinema… Feeling a bit more low-key this Fourth of July?  Why not grab the family and head to the movies? With films like Transformers Dark of the Moon and Cars 2 you can’t go wrong. On your own because your kids have reached an age where they are too cool for celebrations with mom and dad? Make it a date night. New films such as Bad Teacher, Larry Crowne, and Friends with Benefits are sure bets for entertaining just the two of you.

One, two, three strikes you’re out… Okay, is there anything more American than baseball? I think not! No matter where you live you are likely to find a baseball game near you. Many stadiums even offer special prizes to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday. So grab your family and your favorite team spirit wear and get to the ballpark ASAP!

All that glitters… Fireworks seem to be a no-brainer for the Fourth of July holiday, but make sure you research your location before you head out. Some festivities include food and drink but may cater to a more adult crowd and are inappropriate for children. Others may not offer any additional entertainment or food and beverage, so be sure to pack a cooler, a blanket, and maybe some board games for optimal comfort and to keep the kiddies occupied. Either way, your local newspaper should be able to give you the lowdown on firework festivities in your area.

Local to the Tri-State area? Head out to the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra’s Fourth of July Celebration at Riverbend for some classical music and a gorgeous firework display. Red, White and Blue Ash is another great option for family fun and will be offering a festival type atmosphere, music by Yes and Peter Frampton, as well as spectacular fireworks. If you’re looking for some all day fun to accompany your fireworks, Kings Island is always an amazing choice. Between Boomerang Bay, the rides, the shows, and let’s not lie… the funnel cakes; you can easily get your Fourth of July celebration off on the right foot.

Skinny Mom Fact: Benjamin Franklin originally wanted the turkey to be the national animal but was outvoted when John Adams and Thomas Jefferson chose the bald eagle.