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Throw the Perfect Fourth of July Party for All

Throw the Perfect Fourth of July Party for All

America’s most patriotic holiday is upon is. Red, white and blue banners and flags can be found on every front porch. Backyards all over the country will soon smell of hamburgers, hot dogs and sulfur from fireworks. Planning an Independence Day party should be about creating community, not a source of stress. We’ve compiled a list of everything you need—from food to activities—to throw a bash your friends & neighbors will rave about.

Get the Word Out
In today’s world of social media, there’s no need to generate paper invitations or even an email for your party. Set up a Facebook event to keep track of each person you invite and their RSVP status. This will help greatly when planning how much food and drink you’ll need to buy before the big event. However, you plan to have more food than you might need on the off chance unexpected guests show up.

Good Eats
Food is one of the best ways to instill in people a sense of community. It's the typical focal point of any social gathering. Your guests will spend most of their time hovering over a table or a kitchen island eating and catching up. It’s fairly easy to feed multiple on a budget for Independence day. 

Cookouts tend to be the most popular food theme for the Fourth of July, therefore many grocery stores have sales burgers, brats and anything else you might need for a barbecue.

Taco/nacho bars are other easy ways to provide food for your guests. They tend to be cheap to prepare and a hit with almost everyone. Try looking at your local wholesale store to find bulk food items at a discount. 

Potlucks are the cheapest way to feed everyone and are often the most fun. Getting to try each other’s dishes is a great way to bring people together. It also means fewer pots and pans to wash for you, which is always a plus. 

Fun Drinks & Desserts
The Fourth of July is a great holiday for themed beverages. You can make patriotic drinks with or without alcohol. A crowd favorite is often red, white and blue layered Jell-O cups, which you can find dozens of recipes for online. Consider adding a patriotic twist to cocktails by adding fresh strawberries and blueberries.

If you’re planning to skip the alcohol, set out fresh fruits for guests to add to their juice or sparkling water as a great way to flavor a beverage.

Themed Decor
Decorations tend to add up quickly at craft stores. Consider stopping by your local dollar store for patriotic streamers, paper plates, flags and any other items you might need. Dollar stores tend to have a wide variety of options and won’t put a large dent in your wallet.

Fun & Games
Yard games are a staple of great summer parties. They cause people to work together toward a common goal. If you don’t have any and don’t feel like dropping the cash to get them, ask your guests if they’d be willing to provide theirs for the evening. Games like cornhole and ladder golf are easy to set up and are a favorite among many. If you have a big enough yard, consider putting up a volleyball net for a game of friendly competition.

If you have a pool, remind your guests to bring towels, swimsuits and sunscreen. Kids and adults alike will appreciate an easy way to cool down on what often seems like the hottest day of the year. 

Other activities your guests might enjoy are frisbee, water balloon toss, or a watermelon eating contest. 

The Fourth of July is a great day to gather with friends for a sense of patriotism and community. These are just a few ways to throw a bonding Fourth of July party. Feel free to add your own twist to food, drinks, or activities. No matter what, your guests will appreciate the time and effort you put into hosting them for a night of food, friends and fireworks.

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Footage from our security cameras shows an initially calm scene, before what appears to be a man walking by nonchalantly, hands tucked in pockets, suddenly stopping and turning to withdraw a firearm. The gunman then starts dashing, firing shot after shot directly at our storefront.

This person and their weapon have caused immense harm. Financially, the estimated damage exceeds $25,000. The same bullets that shattered glass and pierced through walls have wounded our hearts. However, the cost of this emotional damage cannot be measured in dollars. If there is a silver lining, it’s that nobody was physically hurt - or worse. For that, we’re eternally grateful.

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06/09/2020

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