Posted July 02, 2019 by Giuliano Franchi

Staying Close to Home for 4th of July Weekend 100%

4th of July is one of the most popular weekends for outdoor fun. Here in sunny California, it’s a weekend full of BBQ’s, friends and family, and spending as much time outdoors as possible.

While the 4th of July weekend is full of fun in the sun, it can also be an extremely stressful time for people who choose to hit the road for the long weekend. This often results in sitting in gridiron, stressful traffic for hours on end. Before you know it, traffic has taken up more of your weekend than fireworks, food, and celebration.

Aside from the stresses of driving, sitting in your car is extremely harmful to the environment. The fumes coming from your vehicle exude harmful toxins into the atmosphere, contributing to the climate crisis currently being felt around the world.

This 4th of July weekend we are encouraging families not only in California but across the United States to celebrate at home to help reduce your carbon footprint.

Here are some great ways to have a fun and eventful 4th of July at home, without getting in the car!

  1. Walk or bike - Walking or biking are perfect modes of transportation over the long weekend, not just because they are eco-friendly transportation options, but they also will get you and your family outside and moving. Choose these modes of transportation if you want to breathe in the beautiful air and soak up the sun close to home!

  2. Enjoy a backyard BBQ - BBQ's are almost a requirement over the 4th of July weekend. There's really nothing better than bringing family and friends together for good food and fun in the sun! Hosting a BBQ in your backyard, or at a beach or park nearby will help avoid getting in the car during one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.

  3. Game night - What's better than a BBQ? How about a BBQ with games! Integrating games into your long weekend at home can be a fun and engaging way to keep family and friends entertained! There are plenty of family-friendly games that can be set up with ease in backyards large or small.

4th of July is all about having fun and staying safe with the people you love. By staying home, you are reducing your carbon footprint and playing an important role in the longevity of planet earth. Traffic may be a necessary evil when considering new, fun locations to visit during a long weekend, but it's also a major contributing factor related to the deteriorating health of our planet. By staying home, you are choosing to put the environment first.

For more information on how you can live an eco-friendly lifestyle at home, visit

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