Whether you're celebrating America's birthday with the same neighborhood crew, are heading down to the shore for a weekend of sunshine or are keeping it lowkey with a family backyard get-together, there are some things so integral for an epic July 4th party you must never forget.
Below, we've laid out everything you need for the perfect soirée, from grill recipes to patriotic decor to the best backyard games.
1. Set the stage with home decor
What's a party without a few decorations? Set the tone for the holiday with a number of red, white and blue home decor pieces. From candles to pillows to, yes, even patriotic wreaths, these affordable finds will help spice up any outdoor space.
No matter if you're celebrating at the pool, at the beach or with a DIY-waterpark in your backyard, make sure to go full out with these patriotic swimsuits -- cute one-pieces included! Bonus points if you surprise your guests with one of these Instagramable pool floats.
Whether you're in charge of appetizers, have been nominated as the night's mixologist or are manning the grill, food and drinks are the heart of any summer party. From watermelon feta skewers to patriotic cocktails to the ultimate burger, these recipes are sure to impress your guests. Because nothing says "America" like a lick-your-fingers sloppy joe...
If you're looking for a way to make your potato salad a little different this year, try this one from An Edible Mosaic. The potatoes are livened up with bell peppers and corn, and the dressing includes Dijon mustard and honey.
Most people love pigs in a blanket as an appetizer at a barbecue. While many versions aren't the healthiest, Eating Made Easy has some simple tips to make yours more natural. This one is sure to be a crowd pleaser.