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The Fourth of July is the ultimate summer celebration in the U.S. Americans from all walks of life commemorate the birth of a new nation on this day in 1776. Such an occasion calls for delicious food, refreshing drinks and lots of fun activities. Kickstart your party plans by getting these 12 essentials to ensure your friends and family have a happy Fourth of July!
1. Gatherfun Patriotic Party Supplies
For starters, you need to get some Fourth of July-themed party decorations. Gatherfun provides all of the basics for a good backyard get-together — cups, plates, napkins, tablecloths and banners — all with a star spangled banner design. This particular set can serve a gathering of up to 25 people for less than $30. You’ll be hard pressed to find a better deal.
2. Sport Beats American Flag Cornhole Set
A Fourth of July celebration also needs yard games that everyone can play, not just the kids. There are many adult-friendly yard games to choose from, but Cornhole stands out because of its balance of simplicity and intensity. It might even become the next Olympic sport. Get the American Flag-themed set from Sports Beats to match your other decorations!
3. Cuisinart Deluxe Grill Set
Good food is the key to a happy Independence Day — and any holiday celebration for that matter. Cuisinart’s 20-piece deluxe grill set has everything you need to cook delicious recipes on the grill. Every piece is made of lightweight stainless steel, from the tongs to the spatula to the corn holders. It even comes with a digital temperature fork to help you cook with precision.
4. Simply Genius Outdoor Food Tents
Displaying food outdoors always attracts bugs. Simply Genius offers an easy solution to this problem with their outdoor food tents. The mesh covering measures 47 by 26 inches, which is big enough to cover an entire table’s worth of food. You no longer have to worry about flies, mosquitoes and other annoying insects ruining your freshly cooked meals.
5. JBL Boombox Bluetooth Speaker
Every party needs a strong music speaker. JBL’s Boombox claims the title of the loudest Bluetooth speaker, generating up to 100 dB of sound and lasting for 24 hours on a single charge. It’s also waterproof and extremely durable. This boombox is the ideal speaker for outdoor get-togethers, no matter the occasion.
6. Superior Celebrations Gold Sparklers
You might not be able to buy fireworks online, but you can get as many sparklers as you want. Superior Celebrations has the best deal for gold sparklers around, offering 96 total sparklers (12 boxes of eight) for less than $10. The kids will have a blast and you’ll be able to take some festive Instagram-worthy photos of the sparklers in action.
7. Northlight Seasonal 4th of July LED Mini Lights
Light is a common theme on the Fourth of July. Fireworks brighten the evening skies and kids run around with sparklers, glow sticks and other cool items. These red, white and blue LED mini lights will fill your yard with the national colors and create the perfect atmosphere for a happy Independence Day celebration.
8. SEEHONOR 45-can Insulated Cooler Bag
Cooler bags are growing in popularity as alternatives to heavy plastic or metal coolers. This insulated cooler bag from SEEHONOR comfortably fits 45 cans of beer, soda, seltzer or any canned drink you’re serving. It also comes with a bottle opener and plenty of side pockets for other accessories.
9. Vinglacé Wine Bottle Chiller
Although coolers are highly convenient, it’s not a good idea to put glass bottles inside them. Instead, you should put your wine or champagne bottles inside Vinglacé’s bottle chiller to keep them safe and secure. The double-walled vacuum-insulated design will keep the bottles at the ideal temperature all day and allow you to take them on the go.
10. Optima Chill Cell Beverage Dispenser
For your cocktails and mixed drinks, you need to get an easy-to-use beverage dispenser. The Optima Chill Cell comes in sizes of 1.5 gallons, 3 gallons and 5 gallons to accommodate parties of all sizes. Each unit also includes an ice chamber in the reservoir to chill the drinks without dilution from melting ice.
11. Likeny Store Beer Can Cooler Sleeves
In case you haven’t noticed yet, alcohol is one of the key ingredients to having a happy Fourth of July. The last drink-related accessory you need is a set of beer can cooler sleeves, or “koozies.” This cooler sleeve pack from the Likeny Store includes 12 sleeves, each with a unique patriotic design to match your other holiday decorations.
12. Thrive Natural Body Mineral Sunscreen
Last but not least, you need to have a bottle of sunscreen if you want to stay outside all day. Thrive’s SPF50 sunscreen only includes natural ingredients that protect and nourish your skin at the same time. It’s also highly resistant to wind, water and sweat. You can wear a single coat of this sunscreen all day.
Have a Happy Independence Day
These 12 items will make great additions to your Fourth of July celebration, but the important thing is that you spend the day with loved ones. Although food, drinks and games will make the festivities more exciting, family and friends are the main ingredients for a happy Independence Day. Gather together, get outside and celebrate living in one of the greatest countries on earth!
Jack Shaw is a senior writer at Modded. Jack is an avid enthusiast for keeping up with personal health and enjoying nature. He has over five years of experience writing in the men's lifestyle niche, and has written extensively on topics of fitness, exploring the outdoors and men's interests. His writings have been featured in SportsEd TV, Love Inc., and Offroad Xtreme among many more publications.