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July 2, 2013

Guest Post: 5 Things to Bring to Your 4th of July Picnic

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.

22 comments:

  1. Awesome tips. We are going to a cookout and I usually bring my own "seating" for my kids - just in case.

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  2. Great tips! 4th of July picnics are so much fun!

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  3. Cornhole is our favorite activity to play during the summer holidays.

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  4. Good tips! We'll be having some family over tomorrow and thankfully I already have many of these things on the list :)

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    1. I am hosting too :) Have a great 4th of July!

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  5. Great advice as I am sure many of us will be BBQ'ing this 4th of July and on the weekend! Have a great holiday!

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  6. I'm so all set. We went out today and got everything since we have kids the kids get their own drinks and snacks and we get our own. Disposable plates, cups and utensils are a must as well. I sure don't want to be doing dishes. We'll have lots of trash but I'd rather the garbage truck clean up than me. :)

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    1. I understand about using disposable plates etc. Doing dishes after a party can be very overwhelming :)

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  7. Good checklist, I think we're all ready to go for tomorrow!

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  8. Ever hear of corn hole? It's a huge back yard game (activity) here in Ohio. That's probably on our agenda for a bit.

    Happy Independence Day / 4th of July!

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    1. I'm right over the river from Ohio so I know it well :) Happy 4th!

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  9. Ha...now, I see the other comments. That game is totally taking over horseshoes in popularity!

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    1. It is definitely becoming more popular!

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  10. I always invite a few friends with kids so I have an excuse to play all the fun kid games!

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    1. There are some great kids games, I agree :)

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  11. Great tips! Hope your July 4th went well!

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    1. It went great, thanks :) I hope you had a great 4th of July also!

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