How To Make It A Fun And Festive July 4 2017 Celebration

June 27, 2017

Many of us in Harlem are looking forward to the celebrations that bring our nation together every July 4th, 2017. If you’re inviting everyone to gather around the grill at home or in the park and enjoy the holiday with family and friends, Etiquette Expert Sharon Schweitzer says to keep these tips in mind for a festive, fun, and safe day of festivities.   

Host/guest responsibilities

Hosts & Hostesses:

  • Send invitations well in advance. Send a reminder a few days before the party.
  • Consider a festive red, white and blue theme.
  • Follow U.S. flag protocol when displaying flags
  • Encourage patriotic guests to attend your party


  • Bring a thoughtful hostess gift such as the host’s favorite author’s newest release, summer tea towels, or scented diffusers.
  • Ask the hostess what you may contribute to the party
  • Show gratitude for the invitation by helping with cleanup
  • Be patriotic and wear the colors of our founding fathers: red, white, and blue
  • Arrive 15-20 minutes within starting time
  • Throw away your own party trash
  • Mingle with other party guests
  • Thank the host & hostess for the party
  • Depart 15 minutes before the end of the party

Activities for the kiddos

If you’re hosting, set up a flag backdrop for pictures – the kiddos will enjoy it!

Pool party:

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  • Purchase red, white, and blue floaties for the kids to enjoy in the water.
  • In the invitation, encourage red, white & blue summer attire
  • A pool party is fun with water balloons and Red, White and Blue volleyball teams help set the mood and create the teams.
  • Watermelon eating contest

Foods to prepare

Whether you’re hosting an indoor or outdoor gathering, consider these dishes for a Red, White, and Blue theme.

Keep Sharon’s tips in mind (and the article url) for a festive, fun, and safe day of festivities.

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