July 4th: How to a Fun, Sober Holiday

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If you’re looking for sober activities for July 4th, you’ve come to the right place! In this blog post, we will discuss various fun and substance-free activities so that you can enjoy a fun, sober holiday on Independence Day. From watching fireworks to spending time with family and friends, there is something for everyone on this list. So whether you are in recovery from a substance use disorder or want to avoid using on the holiday, we have got you covered!

Without further ado, here are our top sober activities for July 4th:

  • Spend time with family and friends: One of the best things about the Fourth of July is that it is a holiday that is typically celebrated with loved ones. Whether grilling in the backyard or watching fireworks together, spending time with those you care about is always a good time.
  • Get outside and enjoy the weather: The Fourth of July is usually a beautiful day, so get outside and enjoy it! If you are looking for a more active way to spend the day, go for a hike. Other options are to go for a walk, ride your bike, go for a swim, or sit in the park and people watch.
  • Attend a local parade or festival: Many towns and cities have Fourth of July parades and festivals. These are excellent opportunities to get out and about, support your community, and have some sober fun!
  • Volunteer for a charitable event. When helping others, we are too busy to think about ourselves and what we feel we might be missing out on by not drinking or using drugs. When we help others, we feel better, and everyone wins. 
  • Have a picnic: Pack up your favorite food and drinks (non-alcoholic, of course) and head to the park for a Fourth of July picnic. Don’t forget to bring a blanket or some chairs so you can relax and enjoy the day.
  • -Watch fireworks: Fireworks are a staple of the Fourth of July. Whether you go to a local display or set off your own (where permitted), watching fireworks is a great way to celebrate and enjoy a sober holiday. 

All of these activities can be fun and entertaining without the use of alcohol or drugs.

And for any of these activities, you can invite members of your sober living house or friends from a sober network to share in the fun. Knowing you are with supportive people who understand what you are going through is a great way to remove the pressure of feeling like you need to drink or use drugs to have fun.

What About Attending an Event Where There Will be Alcohol?

While in early recovery, it can be difficult to attend events where you know alcohol will be present. But with a bit of pre-planning, it’s still possible to participate in these events while not drinking.

  • Start by checking your spiritual fitness. Don’t celebrate the Fourth of July where there are booze fueled activities if you don’t feel connected, or if you feel on shaky ground. Instead, find a way to serve others instead.
  • Bring a support system. When you bring along a friend who is also in recovery, you build an accountability system for both of you. You can provide support to one another and discuss any struggles you may be having in the moment.
  • Bring along a cooler of your favorite non-alcoholic beverages, because not all parties will have alcohol-free options. Plus, it could be a fun time to try out a new non-alcoholic beverage you haven’t tried before.
  • Drive yourself to the event. Having your own car should help relieve you of some peer pressure associated with drinking if you are confronted with the option. And in case you are feeling anxious about the drinking taking place, it gives you an escape if you need it.

We hope you have a happy and safe and sober holiday! From parades and picnics to volunteering and fireworks, there is plenty of fun, sober activities to enjoy on the Fourth of July. So get out there and celebrate. Happy Fourth of July!



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