You just know that when the Founding Fathers literally scribbled their John Hancocks onto the Declaration of Independence on the very first 4th of July, their mouths were watering thinking of all the BBQ and cold bevs they were going to enjoy every year going forward. It’s just American, you know. The fireworks, the hot dogs, the backyard games. Having a Fourth of July party is so necessary. But how do you make yours stand out from the rest? Here are a few of our ideas, straight from Ben Franklin’s brain. (JK, Ben had nothing to do with this post, but you know that he would have LOVED a great summer get-together.)
4th of July T-Shirts to Wear
First order of business: your wardrobe. Yeah, yeah, swimsuits, we know, BUT – when you’re manning the grill, running to the store quick for some potato salad, or watching the fireworks when the sun goes down, you’ll want to wear a shirt. Trust us. Here are some choices for good, old-fashioned, American attire.
Patriotic and American Flag T-Shirts
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We get that wearing a shirt with an American flag on it is akin to wearing a shirt featuring the same band you’re seeing live in concert, but c’mon. It’s a holiday, so all bets are off. You’re not too cool to play along. So on the 4th, you can go the serious route with the a tee featuring the flag straight-up, OR provide a little chuckle with the very dramatic “wolf pack in front of the flag” style. Majestic.
Country Music T-Shirts
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Plenty of music genres can pay tribute to the best country in the world, but country arguably does it the best. Show your patriotism with some of those music t-shirts, with old country artists like Johnny Cash, or new ones like Florida Georgia Line and Brantley Gilbert.
Captain America T-Shirts
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Listen, folks. This superhero has the word “AMERICA” in his name. 50% of his name is “AMERICA.” So, yes, we’re going to say that donning some Captain America threads is totally allowable on this holiday.
Summer Tank Tops
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So, maybe you’re not the type to dress so literally for an event. Maybe you think it’s a little corny to deck yourself out in red, white, and blue head to toe. Whatever, that’s totally fine. But, if you’re celebrating outdoors in the middle of summer, you have to beat the heat. A tank top is in order. You know what they say! Suns out, wear a sleeveless shirt because it’s probably going to be really hot out and you need a way to stay cool somehow!
4th of July Crafts to Make
Next on the docket … what can you do during your party to make it a day to remember? CRAFTS! Or, uh, is that just our idea of fun? Either way, you may be at a party with a bunch of little kids running around. They can’t be going crazy swimming all day long – there will a few times where they might need to settle down for a bit, like right after they eat. Or maybe it’s raining, we don’t know. In either case, here are some crafts we’ve found, all using recycled t-shirts, which would make for some fun projects over the long weekend.
Use some red, white, and blue shirt fabric to make braided headbands, as pictured in the top left. Or, if you’re not into the idea of completely destroying a shirt in the name of creativity, we also included a few examples on how to alter your old tee to make it super-patriotic. Last, the bottom right corner shows a great way to make a flag or banner using a cut-up shirt, paint, and Elmer’s Glue.
4th of July Recipes to Eat
Third on our list of 4th of July party must-haves: snacks. Duh. Leave the hot dogs, brats, and burgers to the grill-masters, you can take charge of the finger foods. Stay healthy with some American flag fruit skewers on the top right or the almost too-cute-to-eat watermelon stars on the bottom right. The bottom left shows a salty-sweet desert that is way easy to make. And the top left? Well, those are American flag Jello shooters. For grown-ups only, ok! (Again, Ben Franklin would so be into that.)
4th of July Party Games to Play
Alright, last on the events to plan for your party: yard games! The best part about this is that you can really just play anything you want and add red, white, and blue details to make it 4th of July themed. Some look pretty easy to set up, like the bean bag toss, while others will take a little bit more planning, like the balloon dart game. Go to the dollar store or candy aisle at the supermarket and pick up some little trinkets to use as prizes.
There are still a few weeks left before Independence Day, so you have plenty of time to pull all these great ideas together, and, most importantly, gather your friends and family. The best part of a holiday weekend is enjoying time with those you love. The second best part is hot dogs.