One holiday we’re especially looking forward to this year is the 4th of July, a celebration of freedom from tyranny and oppression. The 4th of July reignites a much-needed sense of patriotism, so important during these times of political turmoil. Putting together a celebration with amazing food, great company and spectacular fireworks will lift your spirits and encourage everyone to remember how hard-fought American greatness was….and still is.
To get a great party together, start brainstorming early on!
Here are 5 ideas for throwing a fantastic 4th of July party:
1. Choose the Right Venue
The first item on your list is selecting a venue for your party. While it’s traditional to throw a Fourth of July bash in your own backyard, you can also hold your get-together at a park, club or other local facility.
Making this decision early on helps you get through the necessary preparations. For instance, if you choose to host your party in your backyard, you can begin to get your home in better shape ahead of time. Similarly, if you select a third-party location, you can make the necessary bookings before it’s too late.
Because a lot of places were locked down last year, be prepared for venues to be snatched up quickly this year!
2. Make the Most Out of the Theme
Thanks to the significance of the date, your party will already have a festive spirit to it. But in order to get the most out of it, play up the patriotic elements to the max. From buying funny 4th of July shirts to star-spangled decorations to blasting patriotic music from your speakers, you can’t go too big when it comes to celebrating our great nation and her founders.
Don’t forget to throw in a few fun yard games and patriotic party games, too!
This won’t be just another summer get-together; make it an extra special and memorable occasion. PS: If you are planning a summer tea party, here are some more tips!
3. Plan a Refreshing Summer Menu
What fun is the Fourth of July without some delicious grub? To make sure that your menu pleases a crowd, go the traditional route with easy-to-fix favorites like burgers, ribs, and hot dogs. Ask your guests to bring a side dish, if they like, and this will save you some time and hassle.
For dessert, try cool favorites like berry pie, cheesecake, ice cream sundaes and floats. Guests can bring a pie and then you can hold a contest at the end of the night. Cold beer is always popular, but mix it up with some fresh sangria with fruit slices or patriotic cocktails. And children will always love lemonade.
Do any of your guests have diet restrictions? For a meatless meal, you can add some extra choices like black beans burgers or veggie and tofu kabobs.
4. Fireworks are King
What could be more iconic than to sit in the dark and watch as the children run around the yard with their handheld sparklers? These are available in a range of sizes and colors for variety and fun.
For the grand finale, visit your local fireworks stand and support a small business while you stock up on a fun assortment of fireworks. If you are in the city limits, always remember to check local regulations first.
5. Watch a Major Fireworks Display
Here’s another way to support the local efforts of hard-working citizens. If you close by to an urban center or major town, chances are good you can catch a spectacular fireworks display – without spending a penny.
It’s also fun if you live in town to have your own personal backyard fireworks display first and then finish up by watching the official show afterwards.
Have fun planning this year’s festivities and please share with me any ideas that you have for great patriotic parties!
This post was published in collaboration with Alycia Coloma