On July 4th, 1777, Independence Day was declared and celebrated with bonfires and fireworks. The United States has kept the tradition alive with yearly loud and wild celebrations (again, fully equipped with fireworks).
What are you doing for the July 4th holiday this year?
If July 4th, 2022 is finally your time to throw your own Independence Day party, you’re likely already starting to panic. The 4th of July is fast-approaching, so are you ready?
We’re here to help. Read on for a few quick tips on how to make your July 4th party a blast.
First: Where Are You Throwing the Party?
So where is your Independence Day party going to be?
Most people choose to have their parties at home. As long as you have a decent amount of indoor and outdoor space (you can’t neglect outdoor space for this party), you’ll be fine.
If you live in an apartment, condo, or another type of home where you share outdoor space, make sure that you coordinate with your neighbors so you’re not both trying to throw parties at the same time. If you’re friendly with your neighbors, you could invite them or throw a party together!
If you don’t have a lot of outdoor space, consider throwing your party at a local park. Just make sure that you get any required permits (if necessary) and that you clean up after. You don’t want to leave a mess behind.
If you can, try to find a space where you can either set off your own fireworks or view fireworks that are already going on in your community. After all, fireworks are the main event on the fourth of July!
Invite Your Guests
Once you know where your party is going to be, it’s time to invite your guests. How many people are going to come to your event?
Remember that there are likely several July 4th parties going on, so it’s not a bad idea to over-invite (as long as your party space can still hold all of the people you invite). Many people will likely be partying elsewhere, or they may come and go.
You don’t have to send out formal invitations. If you want to do more than send out a text message, use Facebook to create an event for your party.
This is also where you tell people if they need to bring anything with them. Make sure to mention whether or not they’re allowed to bring friends or family members! The more the merrier.
Party Setup and Decorations
If you’re throwing a party in a public place, you’re fairly limited to what’s already there. If you’re throwing it at home, however, you have to set up your party area!
Make sure that both your indoor and outdoor spaces are party-ready. Even if you plan on spending most of your time outdoors, people may want to go indoors to get out of the sun, use the restroom, or just take a breather. You also might have bad weather.
Make sure that there are enough places for people to sit. This is a good time to buy some patio furniture if you don’t already have some. Even cheap outdoor chairs are more than enough for a casual party.
If there’s going to be food (more on that later), set up a table (or several tables).
Decorations are secondary, but it’s a good idea to at least have some festive outdoor lights if you plan on having the party go late into the night. You could set up some fun red, white, and blue streamers, lights, and other items, but this isn’t really necessary.
Entertainment and Activities
Make sure that you have something available for your friends to do at your party before the fireworks start! You’re all here to talk, socialize, eat, and likely drink, but there should still be something fun available!
If possible, play music. Make sure to stay quiet enough that you don’t disturb your neighbors, but most people understand that people are going to be celebrating so they likely won’t mind.
We recommend setting up some fun outdoor games, like giant Jenga and cornhole.
If you’re going to have your own fireworks, make sure that there’s a clear space for them away from the building and any furniture. You also want to make sure that you’re abiding by local regulations regarding fireworks.
You could also set out sparklers. They’re silent and far less dangerous, and they’re usually legal.
Check out more information here about your various firework options.
Snacks, Dinner, Drinks, and More
You can’t forget food and drinks!
Most Independence Day parties are also barbecues. If you’re having a July 4th barbecue, make sure that you have all of your “grillables” ready.
Most of the time, the host is responsible for whatever is on the grill and the guests are responsible for snacks, drinks, and side dishes. Have a few snacks and beverages available, but make sure to let your guests know what you want them to bring!
When you’re planning your meal, take dietary restrictions into consideration. You may want to provide a vegetarian option, for example, if you have guests that don’t eat meat.
We recommend doing your party potluck-style and having a large table for guests to place things when they arrive. Keep a cooler outside for drinks and come prepared with plenty of plates and utensils.
July 4th, 2022 Will Be a Blast
Are you ready for your big party on July 4th, 2022? Use this guide to help you plan! Start gathering supplies and food now; Independence Day is right around the corner!
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