The Ultimate At-Home Fourth of July

Families being cautious and staying close-to-home right now can still celebrate our nation's independence with these at-home Fourth of July celebration tips.

Kids at a Fourth of July party

Cookouts, fireworks and huge backyard celebrations are Fourth of July customs, but thanks to coronavirus, Independence Day 2020 is going to look a bit different than years past.

Sure, you’re clear to throw an intimate outdoor gathering but social distancing is definitely recommended and the firework displays you’d trek out to see? Not happening.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t throw a great at-home Fourth of July celebration with your family and some friends you trust. Here are some tips to make it happen.

The décor

No backyard Fourth of July celebration worth having comes without some festive red, white and blue swag.

You can definitely grab some flag plates, napkins and paper fence decorations from the store — or you can give your yard a bit more flair with some handmade creations.

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Get your kids involved in making an American flag garden stone or some handmade star garland made from popsicle sticks. Not digging these ideas? Check out these three Fourth of July craft roundups for more inspiration:

And while you’re at it, don’t forget to add some Independence Day colors to your wardrobe with a few Fourth of July outfit ideas.

The eats

Sure, you can go burgers or grilled chicken with some potato salad and chips this year. It’s simple and most of the party guests enjoy it but why notreallyknock your aunt’s socks off with red, white and blue recipes.

Throw in something unique like root beer baked beans, posh piggies or another Fourth of July recipe for family partiesand your menu is golden.

The fireworks

While you’ll be hard-pressed to find a large community display this year, but you can still get your fireworks fix by nabbing some from your local parking lot pop-up or grocery store.

Consumer-grade fireworks are legal to shoot off from June 29-July 4, 2020, until 11:45 p.m. Make sure you check Michigan’s current fireworks laws before shooting them off.

And don’t forget to be well-versed in fireworks safety, especially if you’re going to have your kids around them, along ways to treat injuries should they occur.