The Fourth of July is filled with fireworks, food, and celebrating America’s 243rd birthday. Wallet Hub reported that during the 4th holiday there are 150 million hot dogs consumed, $1.5 million spent on beer and wine and over 44 million will travel more than 50 miles to visit friends or family.
To make your time with family and friends the best, we’ve put together a list of five essentials items you need for a 4th celebration.
1.Food – Hot dogs are an all American food but why not try something different this year? Moe’s Original Bar B Que has pulled pork, chicken wings, and fried catfish along with several options of homemade sides. We highly recommend the banana pudding. Visit their website to learn more.
2.Cocktails – Have a signature festive drink at your celebration. Using the colors, red white, or blue there are lots of options for frozen drinks to keep you cool. Country Living has a list of 26 easy to make cocktails that even includes a paleo version. See the complete list here.
3.Music – For the 4th, you need some American-themed music like Miley Cyrus “Party in the U.S.A.” Bruce Springsteen – “Born in the U.S.A.” Katy Perry “Firework” and of course a few local country favorites Carrie Underwood “All American Girl” and Lee Greenwood “Proud to be an American.” See a 4th of July playlist at Spotify here.
4.Decor – Bring out the red, white, and blue. Enlist your kids in helping with your decor from filling mason jars with red, white, and blue M&M’s. Decorate your driveway with red, white and blue stars using chalk. Create a photo backdrop by using red and white crepe paper or ribbon and have festive hats or glasses on hand.
5.Sparkle – Seeing the night sky light up with sparklers is magical for kids. Alternatives would be confetti poppers, glow in the dark bubbles, fill balloons with washable red, white and blue paint for a splatter or try filling balloons with led lights.