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Easy and Fun 4th of July Projects to do with the Kids

by Advance Financial | June 30th, 2016


With parties, parades and fireworks, 4th of July is a holiday that all kids love. Doing easy and fun crafts with your kids this Independence Day will just enhance their experience along with the fun. So to help make this the most patriotic July 4th yet, we have put together a list of easy and fun crafts to do with the little ones in celebration of our nation’s birthday.


Uncle Sam hats


All you’ll need is some red, white and blue construction paper, scissors, glue and a stapler. Have kids draw stars on white paper and then cut them out. Cut a sheet of blue paper in half and loosely wrap around the child’s head to create the base of the hat. This may require two sheets of paper. Once you have the correct size staple both ends of the base together. Cut 6 to 8, 2-inch strips of red paper and create the top of the hat by stapling each piece to the base upright (see image). Let kids glue on the stars they cut out, as well as add additional artwork with markers.


Sidewalk chalk mural


Get some red, white, and blue sidewalk chalk and have your little ones work together to create a huge 4th of July mural. Create an American flag Mural or a group of fireworks shooting off on a street sidewalk or a local park parking lot.


Red white and blue finger painting


What is easier than giving your kids 3 colors of paint and a piece of paper? No tools required for this one. Have kids use their hands to create their own masterpiece of the American flag. For easy clean up make sure and use this paint – finger paint


Firework stamp painting


Paint, paper and an empty toilet paper roll are all you are going to need for this project. Simply cut tiny slits 2 inches long around the end of multiple toilet paper rolls to create a firework stamp. Have kids dip the ends in paint and stamp onto paper. Try layering different colored paint stamps on top of each other to create a multi colored firework painting.


Firework pins


For this craft you will need some colored beads, large safety pins, a glue gun, and thin metal twine. Have your kids thread the beads on the needlepoint of the open safety pens and close the pins once the entire needle is covered with beads. Place safety pins in an outward circle and connect the ends threading the metal twine through the small holes at the end of the safety pin. You should now have a circle of beaded safety pins resembling fireworks. Hot glue another safety pin on the back, horizontally to make it where you can pin the design on a shirt.


Bake something patriotic


Kids love to help in the kitchen. If you are planning a 4th of July party, then a patriotic dessert would be perfect for the kids to help out with. There are tons of receipts for red, white, and blue desserts that you can find online. Here is a link to some of our favorites – Patriotic baking

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Your Guide to a 4th of July in Nashville

by Advance Financial | June 28th, 2016



Made plans for the 4th of July yet? The City of Nashville puts on one of the largest Independence Day celebrations in the country. With tons of activities and excitement going on downtown, Music City is definitely the place to be to celebrate the 4th. And so you don’t miss out on any of the fun, we have put together a list of all the best events to take part in this weekend. And be on the lookout for the huge Advance Financial “Let Freedom Sing” picture frame downtown on July 4th, where you can get a free picture taken with the City as your backdrop.

Music City July 4th Downtown Event

It’s not a Nashville party without amazing live music, and did we mention it’s FREE! There will be multiple concerts downtown from 3:00pm to 8:00pm on Sunday July 3rd, and again from 12:00pm to 9:20pm on Monday July 4th. . With multiple food vendors, games, and inflatable fun for the kids, there is something for everyone going on downtown this weekend. And don’t forget about the famous fireworks show. The show, put on by the city, has been ranked as the largest fireworks performance in the country and is a must see.

Music City Hot Chicken Festival

This will be the 10th year for the Hot Chicken Festival and they’re doing it even bigger this year. The event will go on from 11am to 3pm at East Park with the best hot chicken in town, cold beer, and other vendors. Of course there will be live music going on all day and it’s free to attend. For more information on this event, click here.

Music City July 4th 5K/10K

Take a run through the city of Nashville decked out in red, white, and blue in celebration of Independence Day. The race will start at Public Square Park with the options of doing the 5k or 10k run. Registration is between $25-$55. For more information on this event, click here. 

Thirth of July

Celebrating the day before the 4th, this annul event is a huge block party with food, drinks and music. The party takes place on North 12th Street between Ordway Place and Calvin Avenue and tickets are $15 each. For more information on this event, click here.

TailGate Beer Fireworks Show

TailGate Beer will be putting on an Independence Day Party on Sunday, July 3rd, from 12pm to11pm. The event will include live music, craft beer, pizza, and a great fireworks show starting at 9:00pm. This is a family-friendly party and guests are welcomed to bring chairs and blankets for the fireworks show. For more information on this event, click here.

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