With Independence Day coming up this weekend, it seems like everyone is planning some sort of celebration. Considering that this year the 4th of July is on a Saturday, there is all the more reason to get things going in high spirits. The types of celebrations are numerous, and although they may change up in certain ways, what remains a constant are the fireworks -those you can see erupting before you and those you feel.

The family backyard BBQ:
This kind of BBQ is always a good time because you have wholesome fun with family you don’t get to see all of the time. It is somewhat of a family reunion that every year calls for. You catch up with the people you love and have yourself some tasty food on the grill from traditional family recipes.

bbq

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Your friend’s backyard BBQ:
Unless you were invited to your friend’s family’s house this kind of cookout will likely encounter a few aspects that may get somewhat crazier in a sense. Possibly more drinking -and with kids likely not around there may also be less censorship.

friends bbq

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Beach all day:
If you are the type of person who loves and lives for the beach, you will likely find the sand and salt water filling up your 4th as well. Beach bums will find a spot on the shore to stay in from day until night. An area to picnic in, listen to some music and spend time with friends. The boardwalk is also likely to offer some fun of its own.

beach

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The short getaway:
Some find that getting away for the weekend will not only be their way to enjoy the festivities elsewhere but also to relax and regroup -a lake house or a seaside stay could be relaxing and romantic. Plus, the lucky ones have a three day weekend to take advantage of.

lake

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Club and bar Hopping:
Drinks and party enthusiasts may find that they want to drink and dance before and/or after the pyrotechnics. This may well mean keeping the celebratory atmosphere going well into the morning of the 5th of July.

partying

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The dinner and dance cruise.
Plenty of places have cruises that offer dinner and dancing for the night with a likely spectacular view of a firework’s display. This one could be very memorable.

dinner cruise

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The neighborhood party.
The classic patriotic neighborhood gathering -like a scene from a 1960’s 4th of July. It may no longer be Pleasantville-esque but today’s celebrations still often encompass similar factors: the patriotic decor, the parade, the hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill, of course the sparklers and a sky lit by fireworks.

block party

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