Celebrating the Fourth of July

How to Celebrate Being American on the Fourth of July30 Jun

It’s finally here… the best long weekend of the summer. Welcome to the fourth of July! It’s time to wind down at work for a few days, get outside and show your stars and stripes. There’s a ton of things to do this weekend and you may even find yourself overwhelmed with invites. May we suggest a few ideas to help you narrow down your popularity and celebrate being American?

  1. Feet Up, Poolside

If you’re lucky enough to have a pool in your backyard, this is the weekend to invite your besties over, pull out the loungers, get the summer music vibes going, put on your Star-Spangled swimsuit or swim trunks and basically go horizontal (until it’s time to reapply sunscreen or jump in the pool). When your chatty friends are becoming too much to handle, zone out with a good eBook that has a synchronized, movie-style soundtrack to make your reading experience that much better … and drown out all the chatter around you. Don’t have a pool? Find a friend who does and offer to bring over some cool bevvies in exchange for lounge time.

  1. Fireworks Party

Break out the childhood nostalgia and organize an evening fireworks party. Throw some American-inspired drinks in the mix and crank up a soundtrack of fourth of July worthy tunes while watching the light display. Here’s a list of 15 to get you started. There pretty much isn’t a city or town in the entire country that doesn’t have a fireworks display on the fourth of July, but if you find yourself somewhere without fireworks, be the hero of the party by buying your own and setting them off when the time is right.

  1. Grillin’ and Chillin’

Chill afternoons, friends and fam, the Stars and Stripes flying high, cool drinks and some easy BBQ — that’s what the 4th is made of. Impress everyone with this super-easy (yes anyone can make it) flag cake … definitely a Snapchat worthy moment.

  1. Quick Getaway

Want to get away for the long weekend? We scoped out five of the best destinations for a summer escape. And seriously, what’s more American than heading to our great nation’s capital, Washington D.C., for the National Independence Day parade, live concerts and lots more? Pretty much nothing else.

Are you ready to celebrate this Fourth of July? Tell us about your plans on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #AmericanReader.