So what do YOU call it? Independence Day, July 4th, or The Fourth of July?
Whatever you call it, it’s an important day in the history of America! And it’s a day most Americans love to celebrate with good friends, good food, and awesome summer fun.
If you’re planning a Fourth of July celebration, here are 5 things to add a little awesomeness to your day!
These Fourth of July Decorating Ideas from Good Housekeeping are pretty simple and several are even doable on short notice, which may be perfect if you’d rather devote more time to other aspects of your party. Remember that even little touches of red, white, and blue, and small flags added here and there, can have BIG impact, whether you’re decorating inside or out.
Awesome Food and Beverage Ideas
We Americans don’t know how to celebrate ANYTHING without adding food to the mix. And I love this collection of 4th of July Recipe Ideas from DIY Joy. It offers some great main course recipes fitting for adults and children, plus salad and side dish ideas, and beverages to help keep you cool as well.
Granted, this site offers recipes for lots more than just desserts, (consider it a supplement to #2,) but Cupcakes & Kale Chips’ 25+ Fourth of July Recipes shares some amazing dessert ideas for your Independence Day party. My kids will be drooling over the push pops… believe me.
If you’re looking to keep the kids, (and the adults,) entertained, check out these Fourth of July Party Games from Readers Digest. Some include water, which is a big plus considering July 4th is almost always a scorcher!
Fourth of July fireworks are a huge part of our celebrating tradition as Americans. Backyard fireworks shows are all the rage with a lot of families, but I don’t generally recommend them, not just because they are often unsafe, but because they’re generally pretty lame.
I know there are exceptions! But, generally speaking, you can’t get the kind of fireworks show in your backyard you can get at large public venues. Our little town of less than 12,000 puts on a pretty decent show every year, and we live close enough we can usually watch from our front yard. But if you’re curious about fireworks displays in your region, check out the map at Fireworks Near You. Chances are, there’s a show in your area! If you’d like to attend, pack up the party a little early, take along some snacks and drinks and maybe a few lawn chairs, and enjoy a great fireworks show at sundown.
Happy birthday, America! And Happy Fourth of July to each of you!
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