It is safe to say that this Fourth of July will be like none other! With normal establishments being closed or limited in service hours due to the global pandemic among other national issues, we have to be creative in finding fun ways to celebrate. It may be that celebrations are confined to the home rather than normal vacationing plans. Regardless, CCAPSA, Inc. wants youth to stay safe and sober on this holiday and encourages parents to get creative in the actions taken in order to keep alcohol out of the hands of underage youth this Fourth of July.
CCAPSA wants to make everyone aware and encourage families to considered the following tips:
- If allow your teen to celebrate with neighbors or friends, know the parent(s)/guardian(s)/adult(s) of your teen’s friends
- If you plan to attend an event outside of the home, talk with other parent(s)/guardian(s)/adult(s) to make sure that alcohol is not available at the events youth will attend
- Talk with your child about responsible behavior regarding alcohol
- Set a good example for responsible adult alcohol use, if you choose to drink
- Plan actives like party games or door prizes that do not involve alcohol
- If hosting, hide, track, and/or properly lock away all alcohol in the vicinity
- If hosting, do not push alcoholic drinks – provide tasty non-alcoholic thirst quenchers with fruit and fizzy water
- If hosting, never serve alcohol to someone under 21 and never ask anyone under 21 to serve alcohol at parties.
- Learn more about Social Host Ordinances affecting your area
Have fun and stay safe this weekend!
Parents Resources and Additional Information
Download the “Talk. They Hear You.”® App or text “TALK” to 85775 for conversation starter ideas and tips!