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.

Cookouts, fireworks and huge backyard celebrations are Fourth of July customs, but those who are still playing it safe because of COVID-19 may be looking to have a more intimate outdoor gathering at home.

And that’s where this handy guide comes in. Here, we offer some tips on décor, food and more Fourth of July fun to help your 2021 backyard celebrations the best ones yet!

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.

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 not really knock 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 parties and your menu is golden.

The fireworks

We’re happy to report that many of the community displays you missed last year are back on this year. You can find a list of the local happenings here — or you can 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, 2021, 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.

This post was originally published in 2021 and is updated regularly.

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