The actual 4th of July was very low-key for us. Andrew was not home home at all the day (he left the night before and got home on the 5th of July). Normally I would have taken the kids to the parade, but with Zora having her surgery the day before, I wasn't sure how she would be feeling and knowing that she would at least need to have her regular naps, I decided it was best if we didn't go anywhere.
To make the day fun for the boys, I bought a blow-up pool, set it up with a Slip N Slide and other water toys. They played outside from mid-morning until I made them come in around 4:00. I think that means that it was a success and that they had a great time.