Last updated on August 28, 2019 at 10:14 am
For many of us, including folks here at Plymouth Rock Assurance New Jersey, the fourth of July is all about the fireworks. In New Jersey, there are a lot of options to see the big, booming, sparkly things all over the state. You can view a complete list here. However, some of us aren’t into the crowds, the heat, the waiting, and the battle for parking. This blog post is for you. Check out these eight ways to celebrate the Fourth of July.
#1 Go Big! Rent or purchase a projector, fire up the WiFi, and host movie night in the backyard. All you need is a white sheet and some s’mores. You can even have a theme night, depending on the crowd, and watch Independence Day, Born on the Fourth of July, National Treasure, or 1776.
#2 Break Out the Colors! Kick up your BBQ party a few notches by making it a fourth of July costume party salute. Get your friends and family to go all out in their stars and stripes regalia. You can host a mini party for the kids, and even get the pets involved with some decorative collars. If you really want to ramp up the fun, take a tour of the neighborhood with an impromptu parade.
#3 Stay Cool! The 4th can be a blast, but it can also be a hot, muggy mess. Have fun by organizing a “keep-it-cool” party complete with frozen desserts and ice cold drinks. You can accentuate the theme by listening to cool jazz, watching movies like March of the Penguins, and making mini ice sculptures.
#4 Bakeoff! What screams Fourth of July more than all manner of desserts decorated in red, white, and blue. Call all cooks to your house, the local park, or a block party, and get your independence on! Just don’t skimp on the icing.
#5 Karaoke, Anyone?! Nothing says, “I love the Fourth of July” like terrible singing blasting out of your backyard. Grab your best friends and a karaoke machine (you know your friend has one hiding in the closet), and serenade the neighbors with such themed hits as “They’re Coming to America,” “American Girl,” “Living in America,” “America the Beautiful,” “Ragged Old Flag,” “R.O.C.K in the USA,” “Kids in America,” “American Pie,” and of course you can always add some air guitar.
#6 Game Night! Take the night off from cooking and party prep and just bust out the board games. What is more American than playing Monopoly or the Game of Life? Order in your favorite takeout and just enjoy an excuse to be together. After the kids are asleep, you can turn it into poker night!
#7 Get Soaked! Bust out the sprinklers, the kiddie pool, Super Soakers, and the Slip ’n Slide. Invite kids young and old to have a great time getting soaked. If you really want to up the game, make sure everyone wears white and use some natural food dyes like beet juice to create a whole new look.
#8 Fireworks! Who are we kidding? No matter what you do, it’s going to end with fireworks. Enjoy your celebration!
Tell us how you are celebrating this year with a comment below.