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10 Ways to Celebrate Independence Day Outdoors [PICS]

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Who doesn’t love the Fourth of July?

Celebrating our nation’s independence is the perfect excuse to play with fireworks, cook meat with fire, and have fun in the sun. So fill up the cooler, grab some sunscreen, and head out to the great outdoors for the day.

If you’re still wondering what to do over the holiday weekend, here’s a list of our favorite ways to celebrate Independence Day outdoors.

1. Get out on the water (fishing!).

View of San Francisco Bay the Golden Gate bridge seagulls flying the american flag waving and Alcatraz island at sunset from a ferry in California United States. ** Note: Soft Focus at 100%, best at smaller sizes

What to do on a hot summer day? Find a body of water and jump in! Whether you prefer tubing, kayaking, canoeing, or boating, you can usually find an outfitter to suit your needs. This is also prime fishing season, so don’t forget your fishing gear!

2. Go camping.

Flickr/Mitch Barrie

A long weekend begs for a tent and a campfire. The summer season is the best time to pitch your tent in a primitive site and hang out with Mother Nature.

Don’t like roughing it? Plenty of state parks offer shelters, public bathrooms, and even private cabins.

3. Go to the beach (fishing!).

Flickr/ Michael Rosenquest

As a kid growing up on the Texas coast, I got a healthy dose of sand and saltwater almost every weekend.

Holidays, however, were extra special. We packed the tents, fishing gear, and all the kids and had a big camp out right on the beach. Nighttime fishing is the best!

4. Have an evening picnic.

Flickr / urban.houstonian

Nothing says Fourth of July like a good old-fashioned firework display. Some cities even set their displays to live music. Pack a picnic, grab a blanket, and enjoy the beautiful night.

5. Shoot at an outdoor range.

Flickr/ John Reese

Make your own fireworks – or at least all the noise! Head out to your favorite outdoor shooting range for some target practice and fresh air.

6. Dig in the dirt.

Flickr/ Laura

It’s not too late to plant a garden. Depending on where you live, you can plant herbs, beans, squash, and a wide variety of greens. Or you can plant a tree and watch it grow year after year.

7. Grill up some game.

Flickr/ Edgar

Meat + fire = good times. Remember that buck you harvested last season? Grab some prime cuts out of the deep freezer and get that fire started.

8. Go on a hike.

Flickr/ Gary Robertson

This one is a no-brainer. Pack up the family and take a nice long hike. Explore some natural caverns or go wildlife watching at a state park near you. Don’t forget the snacks and water!

9. Take to the sky.

Flickr/Chad Sparkes

All you thrill seekers should definitely make time to zipline over the holiday weekend. Get your adrenaline rush and outdoor fix zooming over treetops, across lakes, or headlong toward mountains.

10. Just chill.

Flickr/Angela Sevin

Hey, it’s a national holiday and you have the day off. So why not sit back, relax, and just chill with nature.

Happy Fourth of July – and don’t forget to hydrate!

10 Ways to Celebrate Independence Day Outdoors [PICS]