An Eco 4th of July: Staying Close to Home

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This weekend we’ll celebrate one of my family’s favorite holidays; for us, the Fourth of July heralds in three of our birthdays with its bang-pop-dazzle fireworks. If you’re planning on sticking close to home like we are, here are a few things to do on your stay-cation.

Even as we embark on travel month here at Re-Nest, we acknowledge that sometimes, staying close to home is the best of both worlds. It not only means saving on all the gas and carbon emissions otherwise spent to get out of town; it also gives us a chance to take advantage of a long weekend, catch up on household projects, and enjoy the community around us.

See what your neighborhood has going on for the Fourth—maybe there’s a small neighborhood event (ours is a bicycle parade that anyone can ride in!), or a late-evening fireworks celebration. Spend the long days cleaning out the garage (that’s on our to-do list) or grilling out, or take a dip in your local swimming hole for an especially summery treat.

In fact, there’s nothing we’re looking forward to more than our quiet, restful, family-filled Fourth of July, where our farthest wheeled commute will be along the route of the bicycle parade.

What about you?

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