Top 10 4th of July Celebration Ideas
Written by: Catalogs.com Editorial Staff
June 27, 2011
Filed Under Holidays
Contributed by Tim Brugger, Catalogs.com Top 10 Guru
The 4th may feel like its light years away, but as fast as summers seem to fly by, it will be upon us before you know it.
And since it’s never too early to begin planning a party, here are the Top 10 Celebration Ideas for the 4th of July to help get you started.
10. Decorate the abode
American flags are great year-round, but take on a little something extra on the 4th so if you have it, flaunt it. But don’t stop there, streamers inside and out, patriotic-colored balloons, posters and signs will round out the festive atmosphere. And now that the home is ready to go, throw in one or two of the other Top 10 ideas to really make it a celebration.
9. Independence Day meal
It’s hard to go wrong with special meals on special occasions, and July 4th is no different. There are a plethora of red, white and blue appetizers, entrees and 4th of July dessert ideas out there just waiting to be eaten. As with Top 10 idea number ten, a full on Independence Day pigfest combined with a few other ideas will make this celebration a memorable one.
8. Block party
This one takes a bit of planning and legwork but the whole neighborhood will thank you for it. Block parties are great ways to get to know your neighbors better, and combined with some well-planned activities will provide a full day of fun had by all. Try a little kickball, relay races or egg tosses to get the party started; unexpectedly drilling someone with a water balloon should help too.
7. Costume party
July 4th is celebrated on a Monday this year, so wearing a lamp shade on the head ‘til the wee hours may not be a great idea for folks working on Tuesday. But that shouldn’t stop you from getting duded up in full, old-school America regalia; just get the party started a bit earlier.
6. Softball game
This is a great game for the 4th; most everyone can play since you don’t have to be in triathlon-like shape, and it’s slow enough there’s plenty of time to partake in an adult beverage or three between innings. A game of softball can include everyone too, regardless of age, and the kids will love running circles around the adults.
5. Anything involving S’mores
If not the greatest concoction on the planet, s’mores certainly need to be included in the top 3. As good as they are, for some reason as yet unknown to science they taste even better when eaten at a 4th of July Celebration. Maybe it’s the intriguing mix of semi-melted marshmallow, graham cracker, chocolate and freshly burned sulfur from the fireworks.
4. Attend a fireworks show
What a great way to cap a day of celebrating; arriving early to a huge fireworks extravaganza, finding the perfect spot, and laying out a blanket the size of Rhode Island to claim your territory. Then comes the long walk back to the car to get the Frisbee someone forgot in the back seat.
3. Semi-illegal fireworks show
I certainly would not condone driving to the nearest Reservation that does not need to abide by county and city ordinances regarding the use of fireworks, and subsequently load up on semi-explosive devices; that would be irresponsible. However, busting out a few 9-foot tall roman candles around 9:30pm would put a nice capper on the evening. I’m just saying.
Call early, and have a few prospective campsites on your list, because good sites go early on the 4th. The reason is simple, camping on the 4th is the perfect environment to incorporate about 5 of our Top Ten 4th of July Celebration ideas. You can do about anything out in the woods, except blow off the aforementioned roman candles. A few sparklers and a stink bomb or two wouldn’t hurt though.
1. Family bar-b-que
Like death and taxes, a BBQ on the 4th is mandatory, as well it should be. It doesn’t really matter where it’s held, the backyard is every bit as good as a reserved spot at the local park. The key is spending time with friends and family, lolling in the shade on a summer day, and enjoying the taste of burned hot dogs, grilled corn on the cob and so-so potato salad.