The Fourth of July for many is peak summer time. We take off work, hang out with friends, and watch fireworks. For some, it also means hosting a social gathering at their house or apartment. If you are this year’s host, or have been a past host, then you understand the stress of making sure everything is red, white, and blue enough. To alleviate that stress we’ve put together a list of dos and don’ts for decorating and celebrating our nation’s independence.
Do - Display Flags
From flag poles to sticks, get as many flags for the holiday as you can. Sure it’s not Flag Day, but what other day can you wear an American flag bandana, t-shirt and shorts and be celebrated for your style? If you think you’ve got too many flags, then buy a few more. The flag is the most well known symbol of our country and it deserves to be seen by all. Plus you can save them for your Olympics watching parties in the upcoming months!
Don’t - Display Flags Improperly
Have you ever taken the time to learn the rules of displaying a flag? Remember people have given years of their life and lost many friends protecting what this flag stands for. Don’t ever use the flag as a tablecloth, and remember to inform the children about not letting it touch the ground, even if it’s just a small stick version.
Do - Cover Everything in Red, White, and Blue
Like we said before, this is the one day you can go all out and no one has the right to judge you. If you are hosting, it’s your job to make sure everything that a guest might touch has some shade of red, white or blue. And if you’re working with a budget, skip the American flag printed items and get the solid colored items, like napkins plates and even flowers.
Don’t - Buy Expensive Decorations
Unlike most other holidays, we as Americans don’t generally pre-decorate for this holiday as we do others. Go for the cheap stuff, because at the end of the night it’s a lot easier to throw things out than it is to wash and put away. Come late Monday night the realization that you have to work in the morning will hit you, and very hard. Keep it simple with plastic cups, paper plates and lots of cheap streamers and hanging decorations.
Do - Be Careful
One of the best parts about Independence Day is the fireworks. From sparklers to city-wide celebrations, the flashing lights attract our eyes. This Fourth of July make sure anything that can catch on fire is far away from any display you set up. Be the example and teach young kids the importance of safety and make sure none of the prideful decorations you put up don’t come down in flames.
Do you have any other Independence Day decorating tips? Let us know in the comments section below! Have a happy and safe Fourth of July from all of us at Home Decor Outlets.