July 4th is only a few days away and I want to help you create the perfect celebration in your home. Since we don’t have a lot of time I’m going to keep it simple, but there’s still quite a bit to talk about!

I’ll be covering food and decoration ideas, as well as fun activities your family can enjoy – all of this from the comfort of your backyard. And a few safety tips are also important, since you may need to protect your pets that are often disturbed by fireworks!

With that in mind, let’s begin!


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Source: Austin Chronicle

As I said, we’re keeping it simple. We want this to be super easy to make at home without much preparation, and the following ideas are perfect for this. The ingredients are easy to find and inexpensive, and the food gets ready just in time for everyone to enjoy.

Barbecue. Not much to prepare for a barbecue other than I’d recommend you seek out the meat you want before the weekend. Combine that with some fries, sauces, and simple side dishes for variety and you got yourself a barbecue.

Hamburgers. The great thing about hamburgers is that they’re ridiculously easy to make. Very few ingredients are needed and the meat is ready way faster than a barbecue, plus you can also make it on a grill outdoors.

Hot dogs. Perhaps even easier than the previous ideas because you can leave the sauce ready in advance and then just heat it up when it’s time to eat. In fact, hot dogs are great for a “serve yourself buffet with a bunch of different options.

And do check this previous article if you want even more tips on how to make these last-minute 4th of July recipes!


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Source: Home with Holly J

You’re gonna see a lot of red and blue on the 4th of July. The colors of the American flag make up the bulk of our decoration ideas and for good reason: who doesn’t want to celebrate our independence as a country by wearing our colors?

That being said, we don’t have many days to prepare, so I’m suggesting decoration ideas that you can finish quickly:

Fly the American flag. Not really a piece of decoration, but flying the flag is a way to display your patriotism in the most honorable way!

Garlands. You can probably find some ready-to-go in local stores, but even creating your own shouldn’t take long. Stick to red, blue, and white as the main colors, and you’ll have a good decoration in no time.

Balloons. The best way to decorate for a last-minute celebration. Red, white and blue balloons? Yes!

But if have a little more time or you’re just looking for other 4th of July decoration ideas, I got you covered!

Safety tips

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There are a few important safety tips you should keep in mind to have the best possible experience.

Protect your dogs. Dogs are particularly sensitive to fireworks and they may not only be terrified for long periods of time, but it can make them run away from your home while trying to evade the noise. Because of that, it’s crucial to keep your pets indoors and make sure they have tags with contact information should they get lost.

Use silent fireworks. Everyone loves the light show, but the noise can be extremely disruptive for neighbors and their pets. Fortunately, you can find silent fireworks which give you the show without the noise!

Careful when handling fireworks. Even silent fireworks are still fairly big explosions which can be harmful. Always be extremely careful when handling fireworks, and don’t let kids or pets get near them, especially without adults nearby.

For more information on these safety precautions, read our 4th of July safety guide!

What else are you preparing for your 4th of July party? Let us know in the comments below! Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook for more great tips and inspiration!


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