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Red, White and BBQ

July 4th marks America’s Independence Day – and many Americans across the states are celebrating in a variety of different ways!

Every year for this holiday, my family takes a quick drive to one of Seattle’s largest parks. Lincoln Park in West Seattle spans over 130 acres and features a beautiful paved walkway along the Puget Sound. Ever since I could remember, we’ve had a July 4th family reunion every year – a tradition that spans generations. I always look forward to seeing family members I don’t often see but when it comes down to it, I’m definitely excited for the barbecue!

With my family, everyone is elected to bring certain foods and drinks to the party. My aunt always brings the chicken, my mom makes the potato salad, someone brings fresh fruit and others bring side dishes. (I bring the cupcakes!) When it comes to the main dish, there’s only one that takes the cake: ribs! Throughout the years my grandfather (AKA the GrillMaster to those in the know) spruces up the best sauce and dry rubbed ribs and it usually takes a few days! Now that he’s getting older, he’s passed this delectable tradition and important role to my father and uncle.

What are you doing this July 4th? Whether you’re at a backyard BBQ or at the park, here are a few ideas to get the party started.

Fire it up

Steel Hardtop BBQ Gazebo, $399

House your grill underneath this steel BBQ gazebo! Serving trays on the left and right side keep the food line organized.

 

With the grill packed full of meats and veggies, use these fire pits to cook up any extras! S’mores, anyone?
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Stay Cool

Whether your party is large or small, ensure you stay under the shade with a canopy or gazebo!
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Relaxation Station

Having fun under the sun can be quite taxing, make sure you and your guests stay relaxed with an adjustable lounge chair, modern inflatable lounger, or classic camp chair.

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For the Kiddos

 

When it comes to outdoor play, the world belongs to the kiddos. Get their head in the game with an invigorating basketball game! Little ones can get to bouncin’ bubbly within the safety of a trampoline, and exert more energy and get their bounce on in a bounce house! The bounce house features a pool that keeps them feeling fresh.

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BONUS: Want some kid-friendly DIY ideas? Our Kid’s Party blog post gets the gears turning.

 

It’s Lit!

Just because the sun went down, doesn’t mean the party has to stop! Light up your party with these beautiful string lights. Thanks to either solar power or batteries, you can stay lit and continue to enjoy the holiday.
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Although, we all know that nothing beats fireworks!

After a whole day of celebrating (and after we ate all the BBQ) my family and I flock to my grandparent’s house for fireworks. At times we like to switch up our location and watch the fireworks show at Gasworks Park. Sparklers included!

 

Kayla Winnett is a writer hailing from the Pacific Northwest and graduated with a BA in Creative Writing at the Evergreen State College. When she isn't writing or lost in a novel, she enjoys karaoke, cosplay and playing video games.

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