5 Things to Bring to Your 4th of July Picnic
The 4th of July is a very special day of the year. It’s a great time to gather with our friends and family and celebrate the summer and our country. People all across the nation commute to beaches, parks, and backyards to enjoy a special day of rest. In order to make sure that your celebration is a success here are five things to bring to your Independence Day outing.
• Grill - The center piece for all activity during the 4th of July is the grill. People accumulate wherever the grill is. Make sure that your grill is prepared and ready to go. BBQ food is essential on a day like this. Consider barbeque wings, burgers, hot dogs, or Sloppy Joes. Make sure that you have enough food to feed everyone. It will also be important that you have tasty sauces and side dishes. A good grilling experience makes the day that much better.
• Fun Activities – Fun activities include outdoor games or sports. Bring footballs, baseball or softball equipment, or outdoor games such as bags. It is common amongst many groups of people to have some sort of competition during the day. Having some sort of fun activity can really add to the 4th. Don’t forget the kids either. The kids will require their own set of fun activities. Consider organizing a series of games for the kids or perhaps even arts and crafts
• Drinks – Drinks of all kinds are a must on Independence Day. Make sure that you have coolers and ice and that you have drinks that can suit all parties involved. That means kids drinks, non-alcoholic options for those who don’t prefer something stronger and a variety of adult beverages. Variety is key for a successful event or party. Be sure to include plenty of options for those who might want something different.
• Eating Utensils – Of course you need to bring the right eating utensils. An important question to ask yourself is what sort of clean-up process you will have at the end of your event. Most people prefer to have an easy clean up. Consider using eating utensils that are easily disposable. Paper plates, plastics spoons forks and knives, paper napkins, and plastic cups are all essential items to keep in mind for an event such as this.
• Picnic Gear – Make sure you have picnic gear such as umbrellas, tables, and blankets or sheets for the ground. If you have kids or elderly people in attendance it will be essential to find both shade and a place for them to sit. Orient your picnic area around both your location and who you plan on having in attendance.
James P is a food writer who also writes on behalf of Manwich. For great Memorial Day food ideas such as Sloppy Joe Recipes visit the Manwich website.
Disclaimer: I received no compensation for this post. As always all opinions expressed are those of the guest blogger.