Make Sure You Have All Your Fourth of July Party Supplies
Whether you are heading out to your backyard, or getting together with family or friends, the Fourth of July holiday is the unofficial start to summer and backyard party season. Here is a quick checklist to make your Fourth of July planning easier. Make it even easier by asking others to help.
Fourth of July Party Checklist
- Folding table, picnic table, festive tablecloth & napkins (maybe even a centerpiece!)
- Lawn Chairs, folding chairs, camp chairs, umbrellas, or shade tents
- Paper or plastic plates, cups, and eating utensils
- Plenty of fresh water; a water dispenser & a cooler
- Smores sticks, marshmallows, chocolates, and graham crackers
- Bug spray, sunscreen, citronella candles
- Flags, party favors, fireworks
- Sprinkler, pool, water guns
- Music, playing device, portable speakers
- Backyard games, cornhole, dodge ball, badminton, Twister, or cards
- First Aid kit
- Towels, blankets
- Paper towels and cleanup supplies
Now that the party is underway plan for a SAFE 4th of July. Here are a few tips to keep everyone safe during the festivities.
4th of July Safety Tips
- Before using any fireworks, read the instructions and labels carefully.
- Designate one responsible adult to monitor and be responsible for all Fireworks. Ensure your firework handler wears protective eyewear when handling and igniting fireworks.
- Create a Safe Area where you plan to ignite the fireworks. Ensure that friends and family are at a safe distance away and that trees, shelters, or shrubbery are not in the trajectory of the fireworks.
- Know where your water source is should anything unexpected occur. Keep a filled bucket of water handy. (the dog will love that!)
- Keep a keen eye out for the kids and people that act like kids during the fireworks.
- Have everyone maintain a safe distance from the fireworks to protect them from potential harm.
- Trash fireworks that didn’t light. Don’t relight. Wait and then soak those fireworks in water before disposing of them properly.
- Protect Your Pets! If your pet doesn’t like the noise of fireworks, leave them at home. If you bring your pet with you, make sure they are cool and comfortable. Their paws are sensitive and burn on the hot pavement just like your hand would. If it is too hot to touch for 10 seconds, it is too hot for your pet.