Whether your family is planning to attend the ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans from July 4 - 7 or has another fun trip in the works, vacations are one of the best ways to reconnect. Unwinding as a unit can bring new energy to your relationship.

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Maintaining a healthy family relationship is key for a life of happiness.

Monique Valeris
Apr, 19, 2013

The ESSENCE Festival announced its first-ever Family Reunion Day event to be held on July 4 in New Orleans' Woldenberg Park. Families are invited to attend the free event, which will include games, cooking competitions, fireworks and performances by Biz Markie, the Brass-A-Holics, Cupid, Doug E. Fresh, Gina Brown, Tweet and Stooges Brass Band. Journalist Cheryl Wills and DJ Mike Swift will host.

In keeping with the family spirit, here are a few simple ways to bring your family closer together no matter how busy life gets.