Tips for the Best 4th of July BBQ

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4th of July is Wednesday, which means summer is in full swing! The weather is warm, the skies are blue, and it’s time for fun in the sun! Now is the time to clean up your backyard, bring out your barbeque, and invite some friends over.

There’s no better time to do that than the 4th of July! By following a few easy steps, your perfect Independence Day party will be a piece of cake.

Planning

This might be the most important step: planting the seed to a perfect party! Write out some patriotic invitations, and send them out to your friends and family. Make sure to ask them to wear red, white, and blue to make the festivities more fun! If this is a potluck, be sure to include what guests should bring, and if swimming is involved, make sure to remind guests to bring a bathing suit, a towel, and a change of clothes.

It’s usually best to have your BBQ in the early afternoon. This allows guests to see the local 4th of July parade, and then come over to celebrate. Ending around sundown leaves you at the perfect time for fireworks show.
 

Decorations

The first thing that comes to mind when thinking of the 4th of July is red, white, and blue. Stock up on red, white, and blue tablecloths, cups, napkins, plates, and utensils. Make sure your American flag is flying high, and you have your favorite songs (or some Patriotic tunes) playing loud for all to hear. More decorations means more fun, so consider hanging up some patriotic banners or decorating your food with red, white, or blue food coloring.
 

Menu

There is nothing better than hardy All-American dishes for a 4th of July barbeque. Hamburgers, lemonade, salad, and pigs-in-a-blanket are loved by all, and you can always count on them being a hit. Check out The Perfect 4th of July BBQ for more great cooking tips.
 

Activities

The weather is warm and guests of all ages are looking for something fun. Plan an all-American game of baseball, capture the flag, or football to shake things up and get your guests moving. These games are perfect for people of all ages and will even pump up their appetite. It gets the whole group active and can be a great icebreaker. If near a pool, the beach, or a lake, make it a swim party. Water activities are perfect for the hot summer day and will definitely make your party special.
 

Fireworks

The 4th of July would not be the same if not for fireworks. Fireworks have been a part of Independence Day since the beginning. Most cities will have at least one firework show, so it’s best to plan on taking your party to the event. Find a local show and a great viewing point and plan to take your party there when the sun goes down. Watching the fireworks is the perfect way to end your 4th of July BBQ.

Your own Independence Day barbeque can be very special. If planned right with the right guests, you can make it memorable without a lot of work or stress. Follow these simple guidelines to help make your party one to remember!
 

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