The media has an annoying habit of coming up with goofy names for two way radios for events. What do you call an economic downturn that isn't bad enough to be a depression but is a real killer regardless? You call it a Great Recession. I don't know about you, but it has certainly been painful from 2007 through 2010 with 2011 not looking much better. The longer the problems last, the more of us run out of savings and resources necessary to keep our heads above water. To make matters worse, more than a few of us now face tax bills that we have no hope of paying.
There are many movie theatres such as Regal Cinemas and some AMC's host children's film festivals in the summer with free admission. They play movies that are orientated towards children usually rated G or PG. Some theatres have once a week showings that are free and some do them every morning. It is a great way to entertain your children. If you have a state or local metro park in your area they usually have free kids summer activities as well. They host everything from lunch with a ranger to nature walks and animal meet and greets. The lunch with a ranger program is very informative and fun for the kids. They get to ask questions and learn a lot about their local environment.
Don't assume your pet wants to see a parade. Certainly cats are going to do their best to disappear for all the celebrations. Most dogs are overwhelmed by so many people and sights at once as well. If you know your dog likes a crowd and you insist on taking him, put him in a harness, or if necessary on a choker chain. That way if the horses, or a grabbing toddler, or the blasting band scare him, he will not be able to slip his collar and get lost. It would be better to show off your patriotic dog at the barbecue where you should still keep him comfortably restrained.
Be the one who decides what is right for you. Learn to say NO. Get good at listening to what your body and mind say you can handle. Others may have expectations of you but you are the only one who can decide if you can fulfill uk events 2015 them or not.