4th of July Barbecue Tips

June 30, 2014


The 4th of July is the quintessential summer holiday to spend outdoors with friends and family. Barbecues during the 4th are as important to American summer tradition as they are to the summer experience in general. Planning a great 4th of July barbecue is as easy as gathering food and drinks, inviting your friends, and firing up the grill. The logistics of an occasion like this don’t have to be exceptionally complicated since not much is required from a 4th of July barbecue but the basics of an outdoor party: seating, food, drinks, music, and people to share the occasion. Here are a few tips to make your 4th of July party efficient and enjoyable.

Plan Ahead

The best way to avoid stress and complications from your 4th of July barbecue is to plan ahead. This encompasses the invitations to friends and the typical party logistics like getting food and drinks and preparing the venue. You don’t have to supply all the food and beverages but having snacks and drinks is always good for hospitality. The party will be severely lacking without guests, so make informing people of your party a top priority. The 4th of July is a big holiday and many of your friends may have plans, so get on it!

Practice Fire Safety

Fire safety during the 4th of July is always an important concern. Making sure fireworks and grills remain under control during barbecue parties is essential to safety and enjoyment. Be sure to monitor grills, fires, and fireworks and keep a fire extinguisher on hand. During hot summer days, the risk of fire is high and it is easy for a controlled fire to get out of hand or a firework to ignite dry brush or wood nearby. Make sure to keep an eye on and take special care with anything flammable in the vicinity of the fireworks and grill.

Protect Yourself from the Sun

The 4th of July represents, in many ways, the arrival of summer. This means that conditions are going to be hot. If you are planning a barbecue, be sure to start it later in the afternoon when the sun is lower in the sky and temperatures are cooler. This will ensure that conditions are more comfortable and safer for relaxing outside and setting off fireworks. If you are celebrating during the hotter times of day, be sure to wear sun block, stay hydrated, take frequent breaks from activity, and have a shady place to retreat to when the sun beats you down. Take special care with fireworks and grills and always have a fire extinguisher on hand.

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