Although Independence Day falls on a Tuesday this year, 4th of July weekend kicks off this Friday. And if the patriotic holiday has snuck up on you, here are some last-minute essentials that will help get you started with planning your festivities.
Whether you’re celebrating early over the weekend or on the actual holiday, here are ten must-haves for your long weekend pool party, barbecue and family get-together.
1. Patriotic Inflatable Buffet Cooler
This festive stars and stripes inflatable float is a triple threat, functioning as a pool float, beverage cooler and serving buffet. It can be used outdoors, in the lawn or pool, or indoors on your table top as a decorative serving tray. Serve your snacks and appetizers to guests and keep beer, sodas, and margaritas nice and cool all day long.
2. S’mores Maker
S’mores are a classic desert choice for summer celebrations and nights around a campfire, but these chocolately-marshmallow treats can be rather messy to make–especially with the kids involved. This year, ditch the mess and hassle, and opt for this fool-proof s’more maker that works well on the barbecue, oven, or toaster oven. Each delicious graham cracker sandwich will come out perfectly, and you won’t have to worry about the gooey, melted marshmallow mess afterward.
3. Portable Grill + Cooler Bag
Heading to the beach or a camping trip for your 4th of July celebration? This portable grill and insulated cooler combo is a must-have for an all day event or extended holiday weekend of hiking and camping. Keep your beverages, meats, and snacks cool and fresh with this cooler bag and tote, along this convenient “pop-up” grill for a sunset barbecue in the sand or grilling some hamburgers pre-fireworks.
4. Floating Bluetooth Audio Speaker
Music is an essential part of every celebration or party. This Independence Day, crank up the tunes with this waterproof, floating audio speaker. And despite its compact size, portability and 10 hour battery life, this Bluetooth speaker doesn’t skimp on the sound quality. It’s stereo system comes equipped with 2 Drivers + 2 Passive Radiators and 4 Preset EQ Settings, and even comes complete with a waterproof microphone for hands-free phone calls.
5. American Flag Woven Blanket
Fireworks on the 4th are a classic way to celebrate. Wherever your firework-viewing destination may be, make sure to come prepared with a cozy, woven blanket that will keep warm or show your festivity. Plus, this vintage-inspired throw will protect your outfit from sand and grass stains if you find yourself sitting down to watch.
6. Outdoor Bowling Set
What better way to celebrate America than by playing a classic, all-American sport in the outdoors? This outdoor lawn bowling set will get your party guests excited and keep the kids entertained. While table tennis and frisbee are classic backyard games, break away from the tradition this year with something a little different. This lawn bowling set will be loved by adults and kids.
7. Retro Hot Dog Ferris Wheel
Hot dogs are an all-American staple and taste delicious on the barbecue as a traditional meal option for summer festivities. Even if you’re not good on the grill, you can still serve up the classic snack with this charming, rotating hot dog cart. Kids and adults will be charmed by its nostalgic look and rotating carousel that yields evenly cooked hot dogs or brats every time. If the full size seems too big, this retro piece also comes in a miniature size as well.
8. BonBon Popsicle Pool Float
Popsicle floats are one of summer’s trendiest accessories. The swan and unicorn floats are always on trend options but this festively colored Popsicle float is just as instagrammable, but more unique.[caption id="attachment_49277" align="aligncenter" width="604"] Image courtesy of Amazon[/caption]
9. Retro Snow Cone Maker
Snow cones are a classic carnival treat, and there’s nothing more refreshing than enjoying one a hot day spent outside. This charming mini snow cone maker will have the kids at your event smitten and you’ll be pleased with its efficient and convenient table-top design. Plus, this family-friendly device even has a safety turn off switch. If you’re looking for something a bit more extravagant, go for the full size option that’s sure to impress your guests with its antique charm.
10. Backyard Water Slide
Spending the 4th at the pool or beach is always a fun choice. But if neither of those are option this year, bring the water into your own backyard or community park with this impressive, 75 foot long water slide. Fun for both kids and adults, this UV-protected slide only takes about 15 minutes to set up and take down.
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