How to Have a 4th of July Barbecue

The 4th of July is a time we celebrate the independence of our nation. What better way to do it than with a sensational barbecue. Put down the flag and grab your knife and fork. But before you can have a memorable meal, you have to prepare for your party.


Step 1

Plan your barbecue ahead of time. Give yourself enough time to buy the things you will need such as fireworks, decorations, food, lighter fluid, and charcoal (depending on the type of grill you have). Also try to plan for weather. Since rainy weather can’t always be predicted, it would be nice to have a gazebo or other enclosed area to move the barbecue to just in case it does rain.

Step 2

Organize your barbecue. While everyone loves to see fireworks on the 4th of July, you should have a set time to display the fireworks. Be sure to take necessary safety precautions when dealing with fireworks. Keep children and pets safely away from the firework displays. You also want to follow your city, county, or state ordinances regarding purchasing and shooting off fireworks. Try to time your fireworks display after it gets dark so they can be clearly seen.

Step 3

Invite family and friends to help you celebrate the 4th of July. Barbecues are great for socializing and enjoying the company of those you care about. Good friends, family, entertainment, and good food will equal a good time.

Step 4

Have games and age appropriate activities for your guests. The children and the adults can all enjoy themselves with food, music, games, and fun. Some ideas for games can be a water slide or pool games, card games, piñatas, sack races, or raffles where prizes are given out.

Step 5

Prepare a variety of foods. While barbecues typically have grilled burgers, hotdogs, steaks, hot links, chicken, potato salad, cole slaw, fruit, drinks, and other snacks, consider having a few alternate choices available for any guests who may be vegetarian. Be sure you have a variety of food and drink options available to satisfy everyone’s tastes.

Step 6

Decorate for the occasion. You can use 4th of July themed decorations in red, white, and blue colors. It’s easy to set the tone with paper plates, cups, eating utensils, napkins, table cloths, flags, banners, balloons, and even certain foods and drinks all with 4th of July themes. You can even play patriotic music at your barbecue to add to the festive mood.

Things You'll Need

Barbecue, Charcoal, lighter fluid, grill, Fireworks

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