Project 47: Hand out glow sticks at the fireworks on the 4th of July

Happy Independence Day (a day late)!  I hope you all enjoyed a relaxing and fun holiday!  We had a great 4th of July at our house, capped off by a really fun and easy project.  Rob realized that he had a huge stash of glow-in-the-dark necklaces and bracelets left over from a previous fundraiser he had led.  So, we decided to give them out to kids at the 4th of July celebration and fireworks we went to in Richardson.

Abby really enjoyed handing out the bracelets and necklaces.  (This is very similar to the silly bands project we did.  She LOVED giving out silly bands at the movies, and now we can’t take her to a movie without making a stop at the store for silly bands first!)

The celebration had a lot of activities besides fireworks, so we got there early.  I went with Abby so she could do the bounce houses, trampoline, etc., and we took a tube of the bracelets with us.  Whenever we had to wait in line, she’d take some bracelets and work her way down the line giving them out.  The kids all loved them!  Here are a few shots of Abby handing them out…

When we ran out of bracelets, we gave out hundreds of necklaces.  Abby and Rob went around giving them out for quite a while, and then Abby and I gave the rest out.  Boy were we popular!  Abby was so funny when she gave them out.  She would say to each person, “Would you like a glow necklace?  It glows in the dark.  You don’t have to pay for it – we are giving them away for free” in her very matter-of-fact way.

In the past, when we’ve given away random things to people, there has been a very mixed reaction.  Some people appreciated it while others acted like we were from another planet.  Not the case with the glow sticks.  Everyone loved them!  It was really cool to see all of the glow sticks around the park when it got dark.  I would estimate we gave out 200-300 bracelets and necklaces.  It was a really fun project!

(As a side note, I saw an idea on Pinterest that I thought looked really cool – making glowing bubbles.  The site said to cut the glow stick, dump the liquid into the bubbles, and voila!  glowing bubbles.  I tried it with the glow necklaces and it did NOT work.  It was hard to get the liquid out, but when I did, it seemed to ruin the bubbles.  They wouldn’t work very well and never had any glow.)

The good news?  There are still several hundred necklaces left (that we didn’t take with us) for next year.  Hopefully they will still be good a year from now.  If not, I think it would be well worth $10-20 to buy some new ones to take to hand out.

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