Fourth of July fun for everyone
Looking forward to the Fourth of July? The Wednesday date for this year’s holiday isn’t so convenient for a nice three day weekend, but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate our independence in style. Read on for some of our best bets to make this Fourth of July a star spangled one. All you have to do is follow our simple guidelines.
First, find your fireworks: Even if you’re able to buy pyrotechnics in your community, you’ll still want to find a free public fireworks show to attend or view from a distance. The most fun is to hook up with some friends who are having a party within view of fireworks – you won’t have to worry about finding parking or a space to sit at a crowded public park, and alcohol consumption rules won’t be a problem. Now you just need to wrangle an invite. Offer your best desserts or drink-making skills, and you should be in.
Now, about those drinks and desserts: The mainstay of Fourth of July, of course, is the all-American BBQ. Grilling hot dogs, burgers, steaks and ribs is a must for your hungry guests, and nobody expects much more than some meat and potato chips for the main event. But they do want some good drinks, and you can also get creative with desserts. For beverages, make up some lemonade and iced tea, not just for your designated driver guests but for mixers as well. Then hit your nearest discount beverage supplier for a variety of liquors to mix in. Arnold Palmer with vodka? Yes, please. Be sure to have plenty of water on hand if you’re outside in the summer heat.
For dessert, bring in some of the fruits and flavors of the season by using fresh berries in all American hues. Get in on the cupcake craze by making yellow cupcakes, frosting them with homemade vanilla icing, and topping them with raspberries and blueberries from your local farmer’s market (don’t forget to keep these cool so they don’t melt before they’re eaten). You can also serve up watermelon slices for those who are trying to go gluten free or just don’t like sugar.
When the party gets boring: That means it’s time to play some games! Break out the bocce, horseshoes, or volleyball. If you’re really trendy, maybe you’ll even have croquet. Desperate? Nothing wrong with tossing a Frisbee around. Any pets in attendance? Compete to see who’s dog can do the coolest trick. Got a table and some Solo cups? Sure you do. Hearken back to your college days and play a few rounds of beer pong.
Once the fireworks go off, everybody will probably head home to their apartments.. after all, you’ve got work on Thursday morning. Have a safe and fabulous Fourth of July!