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Go Fourth with Girl Scouts!

Jul 03, 2013

Brownie Celebrating Community badge on Badge ExplorerWe hope you and your loved ones enjoy a lovely, sunny, and safe Fourth of July filled with family, fun, festive treats—and fireworks! It’s estimated that more than 14,000 fireworks displays light up U.S. skies each Fourth of July, so make sure you leave the work to the professionals—light up some sparklers at home with an adult, and find out which local parks or waterfront areas show off the really big displays.

Whether you’re at home or at camp, there are lots of ways to put some “Girl Scout green” in this red, white, and blue national holiday—and fulfill requirements to help Brownies earn their Celebrating Community badge. For inspiration, here’s a sneak peek at what some troops around the country will be doing:

  • Once again, Edina Girl Scouts will represent, marching in the Edina Fourth of July Parade. They’ll march, sing, be Girl Scout Cookies (wearing costumes!), display flags, and even hand out candy!
  • Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada will walk in both the Damboree Parade in Downtown Boulder City and Summerlin Council Patriotic Parade in Las Vegas. This year’s Damboree has a “Be Kind—It Takes All of Us” theme and features a water gun battle, while the Summerlin Council Patriotic Parade entertains more than 35,000 spectators.
  • Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains will participate in the Arlington Fourth of July Parade National Anthem ceremony, where parade entrants and viewers along the route will be singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” together. (Do you know the lyrics by heart? Do an online search to find them, and print them out so you can vocalize your patriotic spirit!)
  • Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho will enjoy our national pastime with a Spokane Indians Group Night—and fireworks following the game!
  • Girl Scout Daisies, Juniors, Cadettes, and Ambassadors with the Girl Scouts Novato Service Unit in California will march in their community parade, along with their amazing adult volunteers.
  • The Munster Mints Service Unit of Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana will also march in their community’s parade, decked out in patriotic T-shirts and their Girl Scout uniforms!