As summer approaches, senior living communities in North America are getting ready for two iconic celebrations — Canada Day and Independence Day! Whether your community is celebrating on July 1st or the Fourth of July, we have activity ideas that will get your residents in the patriotic spirit!
Host an authentic American breakfast with bacon and eggs, or a Canadian breakfast with maple leaf shaped pancakes with real maple syrup and peameal bacon! Encourage your residents to wear their patriotic colors. Adorn your tables with little flags that residents can wave and hand out flag pins for them to wear. Create a playlist of favorite patriotic songs music that they can listen to while dining or better yet, get an entertainer to come in and play those songs live!
Both The Smithsonian and The Canadian Museum of History offers several online exhibitions you can explore with your residents in the comfort of your own community! You can learn about all sorts of things from trusted sources without traveling to the capital.
Wine is always a hit and new world vineyards are now world renown. If your community is close to the one of the many amazing wine growing regions in North America, might be a great time to schedule a bus outing to a local winery or two and taste some wine made right here. Experts there will share how they have worked with the local climate and soil conditions to produce amazing wine and tell great stories!
If your community is lucky enough to have outdoor space, it would be so fun to throw a BBQ and have a fireworks display. Get those hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill, whip up some potato salad, and decorate the outdoors with American or Canadian flags. Before the fireworks, you could do karaoke or a sing along of Canadian or American classics (such as “Patio Lanterns”, “America the Beautiful” or “This Land is Your Land”). Make sure to grab those sparklers and fireworks for the big BBQ finale!
Get those baseball gloves and peanuts ready and head over to your local baseball field for one of America’s beloved sports: baseball! It’s a great way to get your residents on an outing and engaged in their community as they cheer on a local baseball team. Foam fingers, hot dogs, cheers — what’s not to love about this sport? Take me out to the ballgame!
Schedule a friendly competitive trivia challenge for your residents where they can test their knowledge of national geography. Divide your residents into two teams and put their skills and memory to the test! From questions about capitals and landmarks, to where celebrities and leaders are from, let’s see what your residents got!
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