Fireworks, barbecues, family, friends and red, white and blue goodies and décor signify the festivities of Independence Day, commonly known as Fourth of July. Fourth of July, a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, and declaring independence from the United Kingdom, reminds us to celebrate our families, friends and freedom.
Do you have any patriotic festivities planned with your family and friends? Holidays such as Fourth of July help encourage us to spend quality time with family and friends, eat delicious summer goodies and enjoy the good ol’ red, white and blue.
Unfortunately, holiday gatherings can be difficult for seniors in the summer heat. Listed below are a few tips provided by Care2 that may help you and your senior loved one enjoy the holiday with comfort and ease.
1. Find out what sort of seating the hosts will have for guests. If they just have backless picnic benches, which can be difficult for an elderly person to sit on, ask if you can bring a folding chair or stackable plastic chair.
2. If your relative is in a wheelchair, find out in advance if your hosts’ home is easy to maneuver through.
3. Ask if there’s shade in the backyard. If not, ask if you can also bring a portable beach umbrella or canopy.
4. Pack a sweater and encourage your loved one to wear sunscreen, as well as sturdy shoes to prevent falls and trips.
5. Prepare a spot for your relative away from the hot grill or kitchen, as well as away from areas where children are likely to be throwing balls or rough housing.
6. Find out the location of the nearest bathroom and, if accidents are a potential problem, seat your loved one in a bathroom-accessible location.
7. If your relative can’t get around much but is sociable, bring other partygoers over for brief chats. Ask other family members or friends to sit down with your parent from time-to-time so you can mingle, too.
8. Watch your loved one for signs of restlessness, overheating or other distress, and be prepared to leave before the festivities end.
The Corona and Riverside areas are jam packed with Fourth of July celebrations. Listed are a few evening events for families and friends looking to view some dazzling, sky-dancing colors.
Fourth of July Main Street Parade, Corona
The Fourth of July celebration begins with the “Main Street U.S.A. Parade” at 10 a.m. and starts at Ontario and Main Streets, travels down Main and concludes at Olive Street. More than 75 entries are expected to participate in the parade.
Fourth of July Celebration, Corona
A Family Festival begins at 4 p.m. at Santana Park and includes food vendors, a “Fun Zone” and live entertainment. The formal program begins at 8:30 p.m. followed by a fireworks show at 9 p.m. Entrance is free.
Fourth of July Aerial Fireworks Shows, Riverside
The aerial fireworks shows begin at 9 p.m. at La Sierra Park and Mt. Rubidoux (in sync with the KOLA 99.9 broadcast). Mt. Rudidoux's aerial fireworks show will include a special grand finale honoring the American Youth Soccer Organization's (AYSO) 50th year anniversary. Entrance is free.
Fourth of July Concert and Laser Show, Norco
A country concert featuring Sterling Sylver, a multicolored laser show and a screening of “Independence Day” will be held at the Moreno Arena. $5 per person, children 12 and younger are free. Parking is free.
About SYNERGY HomeCare of Corona/ Riverside
Synergy HomeCare of Corona/ Riverside is the name you can trust in Corona, Norco, Riverside, Chino, Chino Hills, Diamond Bar for personal home care. Synergy HomeCare of Corona/ Riverside is part of a national franchise of non-medical home care offices dedicated to providing exceptional and affordable service to anyone of any age. Synergy HomeCare caregivers are available 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, to those in need - including seniors, expectant moms, those suffering from sports injuries and debilitating illnesses, and more. Synergy HomeCare of Corona & Riverside can be found online at /agencies/ca/corona/ca18/. The location also hosts active social media pages on Facebook and Twitter. Ken and Anna can be reached at 951-280-9808 and [email protected] .