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How to plan the ultimate (last minute) 4th of July party

July Fourth is a fun summer holiday that brings friends and family together. A little planning and a touch of patriotism will make your party pop off like a firework this year. Here is a list of things to consider to as you plan it:


  • Location is a major player when it comes to a party. Many people today will be considering a park, lake, yard, block party, cul-de-sac, or pool. When choosing your location be sure to consider things like:
    • Access to air conditioning
    • Parking
    • Seating
    • Shelter
    • Access to electricity, water, and bathrooms
    • Safe area for fireworks (where legal), grilling, swimming, or social distancing


  • If you’re planning last minute, decorations or a budget might be tough to come by – but don’t overthink it! Check your local thrift stores and dollar stores for all of your red, white, and blue décor. Additionally, look on YouTube and Pinterest for fun and easy DIYs for a unique setup.
  • Don’t forget the small stuff. Your practical items can be on theme too. Napkins, drink stirrers, plates, cups, and more can end up being the star of the event.


  • When you think of an Independence Day party you are probably thinking of your Summer-favorite foods. Here are some items your guests may be expecting:
    • Hot dogs and hamburgers (don’t forget the toppings!)
    • Fresh fruit & veggies
    • Baked beans
    • Deviled eggs
    • Pasta and potato salad
    • Corn on the cob
    • Ice cream and popsicles
    • And snacks… you can’t forget about snacks
  • Not looking to cook? Make it a potluck!
  • Don’t forget about allergies and dietary restrictions! Make sure your special guests feel the love today with vegetarian, vegan, allergy-free, and gluten free items.


  • It’s hot out there so don’t forget about hydration! Ice down your cooler and fill it up with water, fresh juices, and a solid variety of alcoholic (for those who participate) and non-alcoholic beverages. Remember though: if you are serving alcohol, have a safety plan in place.


  • The entertainment is crucial! Get the party started with music and games.
    • For the adults, try out some classic summer games like cornhole/bags, giant Jenga, soccer, volleyball, badminton, and more.
    • And for the kids? Try out sprinklers, splash pads, water balloons, chalk, simple activities, or a bounce house. Just make sure the activities have adult supervision at all times!
  • Check for fireworks shows in your area as well (sometimes it best to leave it to the pros). Consider some safe alternatives as well, especially for the kids. Think: glow in the dark bubbles, glow sticks, light shows, confetti, and fiberoptics.


  • Last but certainly not least, remember to practice safety standards for weather, COVID, water activities, alcohol, allergies, and when handling fire or fireworks. The best way to ensure that your guests have a great time to is make sure they stay safe.
    • Keep the following items on hand:
      • First aid kit
      • Sunscreen
      • Water
      • Antihistamines
      • And a charged phone for emergency calls

Remember, you don’t have to plan for a long time to have a GREAT time. If you’re ready to enjoy the holiday with the special people in your life, you can make it happen (even on the fly). Tag us in your photos from your last minute 4th of July parties on our social media!