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Cool and creative ways to throw a fantastic 4th!

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Independence Day is coming up, and we want to help with some creative and fun tips. Read on to discover some ideas you can put your spin on to make this 4th of July your coolest one yet!

Different Décor

Complement your American flags and streamers by repositioning items in your home that are already red, white, or blue as a different way to add pops of color. You could also ask guests to wear their biggest or boldest red, white, and/or blue item to add to the vibrant atmosphere!

The best décor is as functional as it is beautiful, so be sure to have things on hand that your guests may need so they can comfortably enjoy the space. Have lots of little ones coming? Set out large, cozy blankets (preferably easily washable) to give them room to spread out. Will your grandparents be in town? Make sure you have enough chairs (or ask guests to BYOC).

Fun-tastic Food

From hot dog charcuterie boards to barbecue parfaits, there are a few different ways to give old classics a new spin. Pair these delicious entrées with lemonade served over smoothie or fruit ice cubes to keep cool. For easy cleanup, keep labeled bins to make trash and recyclables easy for guests to sort as the festivities go on.

Fascination Station

This fourth of July may be the first in-person gathering in over a year for many of your guests. Make sure activities are set up so people have a way to ease back into social situations. Lawn games like cornhole and popular table games can serve as a ready and familiar topic of conversation, helping guests feel more comfortable. With the pressure off, it can be easier to get the conversation flowing and ease into a relaxed and joyous celebration.

Fire It Up

Summer is the season of bonfires. Make sure your fire pit has all the necessary permits and repairs squared away long before that first knock on the door.

Independence Day is notorious for big fireworks displays (some more official than others). Find out if your community will be hosting a fireworks display this year, and plan to get there early to stake out a good spot. If some of your guests or neighbors have negative reactions to fireworks going off, consider alternatives, such as glow sticks, projection lights, or even a laser light show happening near you.  

With a little help from this list, you can make this year’s Fourth of July festivities one for the books!

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