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4 ways to throw a fantastic Fourth of July party

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Independence Day is a few days away, and you may be stumped on how to keep this year’s celebration fresh and exciting. But we’re here to help! We’ve put together a list of four unique ways to spice up your festivities and help make this 4th of July your coolest one yet.

Use unexpected Independence Day décor

How many red, white, or blue items do you see around your home? Complement your American flags and streamers by displaying your existing home goods that bear these colors. It’s your candle, fruit bowl, or miniature statue’s time to shine!

Keep a summer picnic blanket (or two) handy

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).

Put a new twist on your Independence Day food

Fourth of July food can be pretty routine, but a few tweaks can go a long way. Try these Independence Day menu ideas for a unique, yet approachable spread.

Break out your best lawn games

Once everyone has finished chowing down on your top-notch barbecue, they’ll need something to do. Pull out your best lawn games (like the ones listed below) and get everyone in on the fun!

  • Cornhole
  • Badminton
  • Croquet
  • Bocce
  • Horseshoes
  • Giant Jenga

Bonus: Practice good holiday fire safety

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 synonymous with fireworks. For the best outcome, practice the safety tips below.

  • Make sure everyone in your party is comfortable with fireworks
  • Have glow sticks and other alternatives available so everyone can participate
  • Review your household’s fire safety plan

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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