The Commonwealth Blog

Monday, July 1, 2019

Party Ideas for the Fourth of July

It’s almost the Fourth of July, which means it’s time to take out the barbecue, consume delicious food and drinks, and watch fireworks with friends and family atop picnic blankets and lawn chairs. Independence Day is also a time to reflect on our country’s unique history and our mission to protect life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Here are a couple of decorating ideas you can use to show your appreciation for our founding fathers and the friends and family who make Boston a wonderful place to live.

Hang a Wreath

A wreath on your front door is one of the first decorative items guests will see before entering your home. Welcome them inside with some festive flair by hanging some DIY patriotic décor.

Starburst Wreath

This wreath is easy to make, cheap, and just festive enough. To make a starburst wreath, cut several sheets of red and white paper into long strips, and make sure they vary in length. Next, loop all the strips by pasting each end together. Place the looped strips in a starburst pattern, and put a white button with blue fabric touches in the middle to hold your patriotic wreath together.

Bandana Flag Wreath

Wrap red, white, and blue bandanas around a round base, knotting their ends to make the remaining fabric extend from the center of the wreath outwards. Make sure to alternate the red, white, and blue bandanas around the base to mimic the American flag!

Hanging Flower Wreath

Place white and blue hydrangeas into a vase or another container and hook it to your door. Tie a red ribbon around the hydrangeas for a feminine, festive look.

Decorate Your Backyard

As the weather warms up this time of year, more and more Bostonians will take their parties outdoors. Fun decorative items from colorful cushions and place settings to balloons and cornhole boards will make your Fourth of July party stand out from the rest. Buy or build these items for an especially patriotic celebration.

Bandana Seat Cushions

Place a red bandana over one side of a small-to-medium cushion and a blue one over the other. Tie the corners together with a rubber band and some ribbon.

Patriotic Cutlery

Purchase little polka dot bags from Amazon (and tie red and blue twine around the bags) to neatly tuck your silverware inside a patriotic napkin holder. You can also place more blue and white hydrangeas in the center of your table to add to your red, white, and blue color scheme.

Confetti Poppers

A Fourth of July party’s not complete without some good, old-fashioned party poppers. DIY confetti poppers are easy enough to make yourself: All you need are some balloons, empty toilet paper tubes, packing tape, patterned paper, and confetti! Find more information here.

Balloon Flag

Here’s an easy way to make a patriotic statement! Simply blow up some red, white, and blue balloons and tie them onto your shed or garage to stand in for the American flag.

Fly a Flag the Right Way

Perhaps the best way to decorate for the Fourth is to fly the American flag—just make sure you abide by proper flag-flying etiquette.

  • Don’t hang your flag backward or upside down to ensure that it stays in its vertical, upright position. The flag should never dip to a person or another object
  • Don’t let it touch the ground, floor, or water
  • Only fly your flag at half-staff when the nation is in mourning
  • Only fly the flag at night if it is illuminated
  • Don’t fly the flag in the rain
  • Fly the American flag above other flags
  • Make sure your flag is in good condition
  • Learn how to dispose of your flag properly by contacting your local American Legion
  • Fold your flag before putting it away
  • Don’t use the flag on clothing, costumes, uniforms, bedding, cushions, or other fabrics and décor

Have a Blast

We’re thankful to be with family and friends as we celebrate our country’s independence. After you’re through setting up your decorations, make sure you schedule time to kick back with those you love most and enjoy good food, music, games, and company this Fourth of July.

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