Take a look back at America's past and combine it with a little imagination to make a Fourth of July float of historic proportions. Sturdy, dependable floats are a necessity when the parade rolls through town, so keep it simple, but colourful, for a float that exemplifies America's independence with ingenuity and originality.
Make giant firecrackers out of old tires, large sheets of flexible craft-plastic and metallic streamers and decorations. Feature various sizes of firecrackers with double, triple and quadruple stacked tires. keep stacked tires intact with heavy gauge wire or nylon rope. After stacking and securing, prep the tires with white primer and allow to dry. Bend plastic sheeting into cone shapes and use epoxy adhesive to glue the edges together and to attach cones to the top of each tire-stack to resemble firecrackers. Paint the firecrackers with red, white and blue themes and use a hot glue gun to attach metallic streamers, stars and patriotic decorations. This float project is conveniently built in the garage or on the trailer you'll be using for parade day.
Rolling Through the Fourth
If you own a tractor, classic car, or a sailboat and trailer, you're all set to roll with a ready-made float. Add decorations, balloons and scarecrow passengers for added interest. Dress scarecrow passengers in patriotic outfits, such as overalls with red shirts and blue baseball hats. Dress human passengers, especially children, in coordinating overall outfits. Look for stick-on pom-pom decorations at craft stores and place them on trailer tires, hubcaps and steering wheels. Use crepe paper streamers to decorate the sides of vehicles or wrap red, white and blue streamers in a spiral pattern around the mast of a sailboat.
Philadelphia's Independence Square
Recreate the nation's signing of the Declaration of Independence with a giant-size copy of the document. Make a six-foot replica from papier mache or a large piece of sturdy cardboard-covered parchment paper featuring distressed edges. The document is long, so just write out the top and bottom portions with the most detail (title and famous signatures) to attain a visually appealing, recognisable appearance. For the body of the document, simply recreate three to four lines of the actual declaration. Paint the words with black paint and designate the date of the first public reading (July 8, 1776). Have float riders dressed in colonial costumes ringing hand bells to mark the celebration in the same manner citizens celebrated in Philadelphia in 1776.
Make a replica of the desk the original committee used to discuss and sign the Declaration of Independence. Use a weathered desk and place an inkwell, document and quill pen on the surface. Have a group of volunteer men dress up as the original members of the Declaration of Independence Committee including Roger Sherman, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Robert R. Livingston and Thomas Jefferson. Feature patriotic music playing from a portable battery-operated boom box and have float riders toss rolled copies, novelty magnets or small booklets of the Declaration of Independence to onlookers.
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