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10 Memorable Ways to Celebrate 4th of July at Home this Year

Safely ring in Independence Day by grilling a mouthwatering meal, leading a family parade around your land, and more

Your 4th of July celebration might look a bit different this year. If you plan to stay close to home with your family, you can still make the holiday just as fun and memorable as years past.

From making delicious meals, beverages, and desserts to playing creative outdoor games and safely recreating firework experiences at home, make the most out of the holiday with these inspirational ideas.

Grill Up a Delicious July 4th Meal

Tips for Grilling and Smoking

Cook up a low and slow meal that’s packed with smoky flavor for the holiday. Whether you use an electric, propane, charcoal, or wood pellet smoker, your meats will come out tender, juicy, and flavorful. Read these tips, then try prep for a festive meal your family will remember all year long.

Put These Chefs’ Grilling Hacks to the Test

From mixing wood types to flavor-packed steak seasoning add-ins, there are plenty of ways to up your grilling game. July 4th is a great time to show off your new grill skills and impress your family with dishes that’ll quickly become new July 4th traditions.

Sip on Refreshing Drinks

Make Fruity Summertime Sips

Chances are, your family will be spending much of the holiday outside in the hot July weather. Keep everyone hydrated with delicious and refreshing drinks. Try out our Neighbor’s Club recipes for cranberry pineapple punch, strawberry lemonade slush, and strawberry rhubarb juice.

Try New Spins on Lemonade

Nothing’s better than a sip of ice-cold, homemade lemonade on a hot day. Whether you are a practiced home chef or a novice cook, check out these eight impressive ways to level-up your lemonade, from decorating your pitcher with orange peels and berries to adding fruit- and herb-flavored syrups to your recipe.

Host Your Own Parade and Games

Lead Your Family in a Parade at Home

No need for packed streets and crowds of people—backyard or neighborhood parades can be just as fun. Whether everybody in the family puts together makeshift parade “floats” by decorating bikes and scooters, a group of you performs a song and dance, or all the animals get involved, an at-home parade will set the mood for a fun day at home.

To kick the celebration up a notch, consider gathering your neighbors together for a car caravan parade. Deck out your cars or trucks with patriotic car paint, American flags, signs, and balloons, and slowly hit the neighborhood streets to celebrate the holiday. You can even make it a competition: The family with the best car decorations wins!

Organize a Day of Family Olympics

A little family-friendly, backyard competition is a fun way to mark July 4th with a special activity. With a mix of miscellaneous items you have laying around your home, you can play unique and quirky games, such as a wheelbarrow relay and rubber chicken toss. The best part? Most of the games require little to no real skill—and they’ll certainly lead to a lot of fits of laughter.

Gather Around the Campfire

Add an Outdoor Fire Pit to Your Property

A fire pit provides a place for everyone to gather around, tell stories, sing songs, and roast marshmallows. And on the 4th of July, your fire pit can keep the celebration going well past sunset. Read up on the ideal location for your fire pit, the best fuel to use, and safety measures to take.  

Try 10 Ways to Make Better S’mores

Nothing says summertime quite like a s’more. And while the ingredient list is simple—a graham cracker, a marshmallow, and chocolate—there are plenty of ways to get creative and make tastier, celebratory s’more creations. Think swapping milk chocolate for peanut butter cups, adding fruit, making your own marshmallows, and more. For a red, white, and blue take, consider strawberry, white chocolate, and blueberry s’mores.

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Safely Enjoy Fireworks at Home

Firework Varieties to Keep Your Celebration Festive and Safe

Not all fireworks are meant for at-home use, so let the professionals handle the ones that fly and explode. For families celebrating at home, smaller varieties of fireworks may be good options. Consider trying these fireworks at home:

  • Sparklers
  • Snakes
  • Cone fountains
  • Ground-bloom flowers
  • Spinners

Be sure to check with your local and state laws on firework rules and remember to take proper safety precautions, like wearing safety glasses and having water close by. And don’t forget to pair your firework show with a patriotic playlist!

Build a Rocket Stove

Building and using a rocket stove is another way to bring the beauty of a fireworks show to your backyard. Rocket stoves use the flow of air in a tight, insulated combustion chamber to produce a hot and efficient fire. They require no more than a few handfuls of twigs or small sticks to run for about 10 minutes. The name comes from the powerful flames that shoot out of the chimney like a rocket. Follow these easy steps to build one.