A Guide to 4th of July Party Ideas, Food, and Supplies

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Planning an Independence Day celebration for family and friends?

Thankfully, 4th of July party ideas are easy, inexpensive, and abundant so it won’t take too much planning on your part.  Simply cook up your favorite foods, get some fireworks, and decorate your backyard with some red, white, and blue and you’ll be good to go!

Must-Have 4th of July Party Supplies

To decorate for your party, get some flags, red/white/blue buntings, and red/white/blue confetti.  Party supplies for this summer holiday are pretty easy to find and inexpensive to boot.  Red and blue glow sticks are also a fun accessory to have once night falls.  Your backyard is the best location for an Independence Day party.  Simply grab some red, white, and blue plates, utensils, table cloths, candles, and lights to give your backyard a festive feel.  Tiki torches, paper lanterns, and candles also add a nice touch.  Have red, white, and blue pom pom wigs and beads for your guests to wear.

4th of July Party Ideas: Food

Food for the party should be easy to make and easy to eat!  Barbecue is a must at any Independence Day celebration so be sure to get out the grill.  Some great barbecued foods include grilled steak with herb butter, mango and pork skewers, and the usual hamburgers and hot dogs.  Of course no Independence Day celebration is complete without red, white, and blue foods such as coleslaw made with blue cheese, cauliflower, and red cabbage, or a cake with frosting topped with strawberries as the red stripes of the flag and blueberries as the stars.

It’s important to keep food safety in mind during 4th of July parties because of the warm weather of the season.  Do not leave foods out in room temperature for more than two hours.  Keep food in a cooler as much as possible and when you do leave perishable foods out, put them in a bowl over ice.  Punch is a popular drink at any Independence Day celebration but for adults you can serve a 4th of July shot, which consists of grenadine, blue curacao, and cream slowly poured as layers in a shot glass.

Activities for Your Party

The main activity of the night will probably be to light fireworks but during the time you are waiting for it to get dark, it’s a good idea to have some extra activities up your sleeve.  For example, if you have a pretty large backyard or you are planning your party at a park, consider organizing an athletic activity such as Ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, or flag football.  Games perfect for family parties with many children in attendance include tug-of-war, a red/white/blue balloon toss, and an egg-and-spoon race.  A bonfire is a great way to conclude the evening.  You can sit around the fire, make s’mores, and tell stories.

In conclusion, planning an Independence Day party is nothing short of fun.  The food is easy to prepare and delicious, decorations are abundant, and the activities can be enjoyed by people of all ages.  Keep these 4th of July party supplies and ideas in mind so your next Independence Day celebration is a memorable experience for everyone involved.

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