Every year, millions of Americans gather to celebrate the 4th of July with fireworks, food, and fun. If you are the host this year, make your gathering a hit by keeping things as simple and carefree as possible.
Also known as Independence Day, the 4th of July is a huge part of our nation’s history. It was on this day in 1776 that the Declaration of Independence was adopted resulting in the birth of a great nation. Every year, millions of Americans gather to celebrate the 4th of July with patriotic fireworks, good food, and backyard get-togethers with family and friends. If you are the host this year, make your party one to remember by following these tips.
The Planning Stage
Advance planning is what will put your 4th of July gathering over the top. Just a little preparation will go a long way toward eliminating last-minute chaos. First decide on how many people to invite and make a list of names. If there will be a large number, consider having everyone bring a side dish or dessert to keep one or two people from having to prepare all of the food. Make a note next to each name what food item will be brought. You don’t want everybody bringing potato salad. Another thing to consider is seating for everyone. Extra lawn chairs and long, folding tables are great to have on hand. Lastly, if it will be an all-day party, make sure that you have plenty of coolers full of bottled water on hand.
Decorating for a 4th of July party is a snap. You don’t have to go overboard with elaborate decorations and it’s easy to find store-bought plates, napkins, tablecloths, etc. in the traditional colors of red, white, and blue. Streamers and balloons make festive backyard additions, as well.
Decide what kind of meat you will put on the pit. Make sure and make your purchases ahead of time and store them in the freezer. Beef brisket, pork ribs, hamburgers, and hot dogs are all popular choices for 4th of July barbecues. Other food should be kept very simple. Think convenience foods like chips and dip, finger foods like deviled eggs or corn on the cob, and fresh fruit such as watermelon. Remember, it’s hot outside so the easier the better.
Hosting a barbecue in your own backyard is a great way to celebrate the 4th of July. But if you are not careful, summer fun can turn into chaos. The key to successfully hosting your barbecue and being able to enjoy it is to plan ahead and keep everything as simple and carefree as possible. +