Each year, families across the United States gather to celebrate the Fourth of July, enjoying everything from cookouts to fireworks displays and parties that stretch late into the night. Make sure your holiday is safe, fun and accessible for all with these quick reminders on how to make your Independence Day the best it can be.

Plan Accessible Activities

No celebration is complete without entertainment. If you’re hosting or helping plan a Fourth of July party this month, be sure to set up activities that are accessible for everyone. Consider table and counter heights if you are setting up board games, and make sure there are accessible spots to watch any fireworks you’re scheduling. If you’re looking for something fun to do on the Fourth, but don’t want to take on the planning responsibilities, there are always a number of community events taking place. Look on your local Chamber of Commerce’s website for closest parade and activity options near you.

Show Your Spirit

Many families decorate their houses to show their holiday spirit, others paint their faces and wear red, white and blue outfits. Why not decorate your wheelchair to go with the theme? Designing decorations for your wheelchair can be a fun way of showing off your Independence Day spirit. You can buy color cardboard and cut them into stars that can be added to the back of your wheelchair. Another great idea could be cutting out stripes and adding them to the wheels of the wheelchair to make a colorful illusion. The possibilities are endless; it’s time to get creative.

Accessible Environment

Backyards are popular spots for Fourth of July gatherings as they allow room for grilling, relaxing and conversation. Be careful with uneven surfaces in your yard for easy wheelchair maneuvering. How are you planning on spending your Fourth of July? Share your plans with us on Facebook and Twitter—we want to hear your ideas.

The National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) is an advocate for mobility and accessibility for drivers with disabilities. If you need help with converting or buying a handicap accessible car, truck or van, please consider one of our mobility equipment dealers.

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