Tomorrow is the Fourth of July, also commonly known as Independence Day! This holiday came to be celebrated a long time ago in 1776, when Congress voted in favor of Independence and the 13 colonies therefore adopted the Declaration of Independence. Ever since then, the celebration has always continued on July Fourth, the day of Independence.
With that being said, July Fourth should be filled with lots of laughter and fun! However, you may be unfamiliar or uncertain on what you should do and how you should celebrate the Fourth of July. Therefore, below there are a few different ways and ideas on how you can celebrate it AND be cost efficient all while having a great time!
Host a Potluck or a Block Party
Having to provide food and beverages for a large group of people can become expensive very quickly. Therefore, host or go to a potluck, that way everyone contributes something and you only have to provide one dish, or bring some drinks. It is the perfect way to save money but also be able to have a party with all your friends and family! Or you can coordinate a block party and assign each house hold to be in charge of one thing, like drinks, cups, chips, etc. It is a great way to get everyone together to celebrate!
An easy, and even more delicious recipe for such an occasion is a Patriotic Party Dip.
This time of year is the perfect time to go camping! What better way to celebrate your countries Independence than at a national park! It is a great way to save money when going out of town on a trip because hotels can become expensive when you stay for many nights in a row. This way, you don’t have to pay for the expensive hotel rooms, and you can have all of your friends and family in one close area to celebrate this wonderful holiday with. However, make sure you check the availability and spaces that are offered because some camping spots do fill up fast!
Go to a Parade and Find a Free Firework Show!
July 4th is a time of year that parades are happening all over! It is free, so you don’t have to worry about any expenses, and it is also a great way to bring everyone together to celebrate! Furthermore, it is a fun activity for the kids because there is typically so much interaction and lots going on for the kids to be constantly entertained. Later that day, there is usually a firework show that is put on by the city or town for their fellow residents. This may be a good idea because fireworks can become expensive when you are buying a mass amount and you want to buy the giant mortars. The firework show has all of the giant fireworks, and they have LOTS of them, so you can save money but also enjoy the lovely fireworks that night. Some areas may have fireworks banned, therefore, if there is a free fireworks show happening close by, you should check it out so you don’t have to miss out on all of the fireworks fun this year.
Check your local area for listings of parades and firework shows.
Make a Sangria!
A Sangria is a great drink to provide for parties because it is an inexpensive wine, and you can prepare the drink ahead of time, unlike a cocktail. However, if you aren’t a Sangria lover, below are a couple of different drink ideas that are both delicious and festive.
Red White and Blue Sangria
Make the Sangria with a dry white wine, something like Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, or Sauvignon Blanc.
When you add the liquor, make sure its not something too sweet! Some popular liquors to add would be rum, gin, vodka, or something that adds flavor like Grand Marnier, which is orange flavored, or Midori, which is melon flavored.
Fireworks Piña Colada
This is a layered drink of Strawberry puree and blue curaçao, a wonderful drink to cool down and refresh on a hot day. There are some different variations of rums that you can choose to put into your drink. Some people may prefer to include Malibu Coconut Rum, because it has a very sweet taste. Others may choose to use a dark rum. A Dark Rum is aged after being distilled and before bottling. A popular Dark Rum to use is Dark Monk. However, some more common types of rum to use in your drink are Bacardi Silver, Bacardi Pineapple, El Dorado, and Yolo Silver.
Kid Friendly Patriotic Punch
This is a perfect drink for the kids while you enjoy your own personal adult drink. It is a combination of different types of punch. So you will need a red, white, and blue juice/drink. This can be ANY flavor you would like that would taste good together. Some fun things you can add into it to make it more festive and yummy are different variations of gummies, or using Twizzlers as the straw! You can use the original strawberry flavor, or you can try new and different flavors that they offer to spice up the fun and flavors!