When you think about the 4th of July, the first thing that comes to mind is probably fireworks. The holiday is a festive occasion, often bringing people together, marked by public events and large gatherings that foster a sense of celebration and community. Parties like this generally have alcohol present alongside a pressure to partake. For people in addiction recovery, maintaining sobriety over the 4th of July can be difficult. Finding sober activities to do that get you in community and help you stay connected to others is key.
Five Sober Activities to Do Over 4th of July
It is possible to both enjoy the 4th of July and maintain your sobriety. We have rounded up five sober activities we recommend for maintaining sobriety this coming 4th of July.
Attend a Support Group Meeting
Ensuring you find community and support among your peers in recovery can aid in navigating the 4th of July. It can be particularly helpful to attend a meeting on the morning of the 4th of July to establish a strong foundation for the rest of the day. Being in conversation with others in recovery provides the opportunity to discuss plans and be honest about challenges.
Host a Sober Get-Together
While most American get-togethers might involve alcohol, it doesn’t mean you can’t throw a party without it. Just be up-front with the friends, family, or coworkers you invite that the intention is for your party to be substance-free but by no means fun-free. You can still grill out, play lawn games, socialize, and watch some fireworks, all without the presence and temptation of alcohol.
Getting outdoors is a great way to boost your mental health and be in a substance-free space. Positive activities you might pursue include:
- Playing a sport such as frisbee golf
- Visiting a public park
- Fishing or swimming at a lake
- Going for a hike
Experiencing nature is also a great way to avoid isolation. A social and sober activity could be taking your friends on a group hike to the nearest state or national park.
Get Some Exercise
You could pair getting exercise with going outdoors by hiking, jogging, or swimming. But even if the weather is bad, now’s your opportunity to start that series of yoga videos you’ve been wanting to try. Or else maybe this becomes the excuse you need to finally sign up for a local gym membership. Getting active is sure to boost your mental and physical state.
Have a Movie or TV Marathon
Order some takeout and fire up your favorite streaming service to catch up on that hot new series you’ve been meaning to tackle. By no means does this need to be done alone. Invite your friends and family over, pop some popcorn, and settle in for season after season of your new favorite show.
Maintaining Sobriety on the 4th of July
As you can see from our list, enjoying the 4th of July does not require alcohol. You have many options at your disposal when it comes to maintaining sobriety, and none of them have to compromise on fun or connection with your loved ones.
Here at Georgia Addiction Treatment Center, we emphasize the importance of our alumni program in connecting you with support, resources, and community to navigate tricky festivities that often involve substance abuse, like the 4th of July.