How To Throw a 4th of July BBQ

Grilling kabobs, hot dogs and chicken

With summer officially in full swing, it's time to start preparing for the 4th of July. Nothing quite captures the essence of American leisure and patriotism than a 4th of July barbeque. So here are a few helpful tips to make your 4th of July barbeque an event to remember.

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Keep these ideas in mind when planning your Fourth of July barbeque:

Step 1

Food, food, and more food. Your selection of food options can either make or break the outcome of your party. With an event such as the 4th of July, it is better to err on the side of abundance rather than to run out of edibles. Grilling out is the most fitting type of food preparation and can also be turned into a social event. A few staple foods for 4th of July barbeques are hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken wings, cole slaw, pasta and potato salads, potato chips, and watermelon. Once you have included a few of these essential foods in your menu, feel free to get creative with any patriotic-themed foods (red, white, and blue desserts maybe). Don't forget to offer a wide variety of drinks as well. Popular options for a sunny July barbeque are lemonade, bottled water, soda, and homemade milkshakes.

Step 2

Invite your family and friends. What good is a party if you don't invite any guests? The keys to having a good turnout at your 4th of July fête are giving the guests plenty of time to prepare and advertising the merits of your party. Now I don't mean that you actually have to send out periodic flyers that promote your party, but when you do send out invitations, let people know why they should come to your barbeque. Simply preview some of your menu or just make the invitations colorful and festive. If you give people a positive invitation and plenty of time to make preparations, they will really be looking forward to your party.

Step 3

Don't forget the fun. It's easy to get caught up in the little details of party planning and forget to provide your guests with fun activities to fill their time. While the combination of food and friends should be enough to keep people busy, a really good party will incorporate even more fun into the mix. Since the 4th of July is a laid-back holiday, your fun activities should be relaxed in nature as well. Games like croquet, wiffleball, volleyball, and badminton are perfect activities to keep everyone busy. These events can include people of all ages and are suitable for both genders as well. Simply leave the equipment for these games out in your yard, and people will most likely jump into the fun on their own.

Step 4

Finish it off with fireworks. Nothing quite finishes a party like a fireworks show. Depending on your budget and local laws, a citywide show or a backyard presentation can both finish the day off spectacularly. A citywide show offers more variety and less planning on your part, but a backyard presentation can be just as exciting because of its close-up nature. Either way, you can still build excitement for the final fireworks by handing out sparklers towards the end of your party. Children love sparklers, and although some adults may be reluctant to admit it, they love them, too. These handheld pyrotechnics are a relatively cheap way to provide a lot of fun and cap the night off in a memorable way.

From watermelons to wiffleball and friends to fireworks, a 4th of July barbeque can be a rewarding experience. Hopefully, these tips will make your party a memorable event for everyone involved.


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