Dedicated: Fun Ways to Celebrate 4th of July

It seems like summer just started and yet, 4th of July is already right around the corner. You have to love the summer season and all the three-day holidays they bring. When you have an extra day off from work, that alone is cause for celebration. While it’s still a few weeks away, it’s never too early to get the gang together to plan something fun.

Whether it’s a big group or just a few friends, there are lots of options to celebrate summer’s halfway point. Need to narrow down your choices? Beat the heat and stay cool with some of these suggestions to get you started:

Take a Road Trip

Grab a few of your best pals and load up the car to drive to a destination you’ve never been. It can be a city close by, a national park, or even another state. Split the gas and bring along a cooler and plenty of snacks. Enjoy the journey as much as the destination and make sure to take the scenic route for the best photo ops. Select a perfect playlist and create a unique hashtag to mark the trip as you share it on your social media. By splitting costs of travel and accommodations, your adventure doesn’t have to be expensive, but whatever the trip costs will be well worth it.

Adventures on Highway 2 in Washington

Host a BBQ

Nothing says 4th of July more than a good ol’ fashioned cookout. Ask your friends to each bring a side dish or drink. Then, fire up the grill for hot dogs and hamburgers. It’s a classic and simple way to get everyone together for good food and fun. Turn up the tunes and set up a table with board games or cards. Put coolers out with drinks, bowls with chips and pretzels for easy snacking, and make a sweet treat. Get festive with red, white, and blue decorations, paper plates, plastic cutlery and napkins. Bonus if you host it somewhere with a pool.

Plan a Bar Crawl

Check out the bar scene your city has to offer and don your best red, white, and blue attire. Encourage everyone to wear cool American Flag clothing and try to hit all of the bars you’ve all talked about going to but never have. You could step it up a notch by making a scavenger hunt part of the excursion. If there’s enough people, split up in teams and offer a prize for the one who gets to all the clues first. Don’t forget cash for the cab ride home!

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Hang by the Pool

Whether it’s your community pool, the local beach, or your city’s water park, get thee to water and cool off. Pack up the proper gear, including sunscreen, a beach towel, and sunglasses, and get to your water destination early. Pack a picnic lunch and a large water bottle to stay nourished and hydrated in the heat. Everyone will want to soak up some sunshine for the three-day weekend, so plan accordingly to avoid traffic and parking lot congestion.

Binge Watch TV

Yes, it seems like with all the plans there are to be had, watching TV may not seem like the most social of choices. But embrace your freedom to do just as you please with your holiday weekend. If that means catching up on all your recorded shows or powering through a season of a new show on Netflix, enjoy the time to sit in the air-conditioning and relax.

TV Party Blanket Fort

Want other ways to celebrate? Schedule a movie marathon of your favorite patriotic-themed flicks. Host a dinner at home and buy sparklers to light when it gets dark. Partake in your city’s 4th of July parade, fireworks, and other festivities. How have you celebrated in the past? Want to try something different or stick with the tried and true?

Don’t be afraid to mix up the fun this 4th of July weekend. You can do all of the above or none of it. Maybe you just want to watch the Macy’s fireworks display from the comfort of your couch and call it a day. However, if you’re feeling antsy and want to take full advantage of your time off from work, then enjoy all your city has to offer and celebrate our great nation.

What’s your favorite part of 4th of July?

Lindsay Ginn

Livin' in your basement, eatin' your canned foods.