Different families have different traditions on how they celebrate the 4th of July. Here are a few tips on how to have the best 4th of July possible.
1. Safety. It goes without saying but I’m going to say it anyway. Keep fire extinguishers, water, and a first aid kit handy during the festivities. No one can ever predict what will happen when fireworks are involved so it is best to be prepared at all times. Keep an eye on small children to ensure that they do not wander off near water or fireworks.
2. Keep alcohol consumption to a minimum. Fire and alcohol do not mix. Do not get so intoxicated that good judgment is forsaken over having a good time. It is the responsibility of every adult to make sure that he or she keeps alcohol out of reach of small children and minors. If you have had too much to drink make sure you allow someone else to drive you home or call a cab.
3. Prepare food ahead of time. Making food ahead of time will not only save you a headache but it will give you the benefit of thinking creatively. For example, instead of watermelon slices, use a star-shaped cookie cutter to make watermelon stars. Little touches like this give your guests and yourself little details that you will all remember.
4. Make decorations. If you have the time then making decorations will save you more money than purchasing them. It can also be a great craft project for the kids during the party.
5. Find a cool spot for the hot weather. Depending on where you live, the 4th of July can be a hot affair! Try to find a venue with a cool spot whether that is a pool, a body of water or a shady spot. Remind your guests and yourself to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
6. Outdoor fun. There is something to be said about getting outdoors, breathing the fresh air and interacting with others that makes the 4th of July an ideal holiday to spend in the sun. The bright summer sun shines down on our nation encouraging us to appreciate this great land. Take advantage of it. Plan outdoor activities with others.
7. Barbecue. Having a BBQ is one of the more common images that comes to mind when thinking about the 4th of July. Make sure that if you do BBQ you have all the supplies you need. This includes one of those safety precautions mentioned above, a fire extinguisher. Now I’m sure you are the grilling king (or queen) but it’s always better to be safe.
8. See the parades. Many towns put on a parade for the community. This is another feature of the 4th of July that makes the holiday special. Take advantage of that and take the family to the parade. If it is too crowded then find a spot at the beginning or the end that isn’t so crowded. If you get a spot at the beginning of the parade you can leave earlier than the rest of the crowd when it’s over!
9. Read the local newspaper for free events. To have the most fulfilling 4th of July experience, plan ahead. Get a look at the local events calendar to see what events are coming up and where. Then plan accordingly. Many of these events are free and can be quite fun.
10. Have a history lesson. No matter how you decided to celebrate the 4th of July remember to incorporate a history lesson. It can be fun or short but don’t forget to teach future generations why we celebrate the holiday and how we got to be the greatest country on earth.
Happy Independence day!