4th of July Party Guide

Show your patriotic pride and celebrate America with our handy 4th of July Party Guide. The brilliant sun, the smell of the grill and of course, the fireworks are just some of the reasons we love the 4th of July holiday. We’ve rounded up everything from festive party food to decorations and libations so you can celebrate independence in style. 

The Decor


A party isn’t a party without a few festive decorations. String up some fireworks lights and Flag bunting and get ready to have a great time! 

Start by setting a long table with a cheery red checkered tablecloth or go simple with a white tablecloth offset with a striped umbrella to keep your guests cool in the July heat. Line the table with Mason jars filled with red, white and blue jelly beans or candies — or add some light with battery-powered votives

Your guests will feel nostalgic eating from a retro burger basket — just like you’re favorite diner uses (so cute!). Skip the disposable napkins for red, white and blue bandanas. They’re less likely to blow away and you can throw them in the washer for your next party. Don’t forget to set out a few citronella candles, like this set of cheery glass candles — you’ll make everyone’s night better.

The Food

Everyone expects the classics, and we love them, too. But why not try something a little different this year?

Half-Baked Harvest

Somethin’ Sweet

From pies to grilled desserts, there’s a tasty treat for everyone.

Simply Recipes

The Drinks

From a sweet-tart lemonade to more adult-friendly beverages, quench your thirst with our roundup of summer faves.  

The Fun

Soak up the sun with a day of fun and games…and maybe some friendly competition. 

Pet Pawrents: Don’t forget that pets and big parties don’t always mix. Be sure to keep them safe and inside, especially if there are fireworks closeby. And watch if they are roaming around, they don’t get too close to the grill or end up chewing on food that may be toxic for them. [AVMA]

Swirled may be compensated when users click on the affiliate links in this article. Products are in stock at the time of publication.