Pie eating contests, old-fashioned sack races, water balloon wars, grilled foods, cotton candy, combined with fun music alongside an assemblage of red, white and blue – this celebration sounds like an absolute blast – and everything that an amazing 4th of July block party should have.
Because a 4th of July block party is just a tad bit different than that of a backyard barbecue, it will require a more specialized approach, one that involves a group of people (neighbor’s, perhaps?). This will keep you from overburdening yourself with all of the necessary planning requirements.
Planning Your 4th of July Block Party
Begin planning your 4th of July block party by having a meeting with your planning committee to discuss the party’s date, theme, budget and venue. Determining the date is extremely important considering that the 4th of July this year falls on a Friday.
Keep good records of your planning, including a list of who is doing what and who is bringing what. This way there will be no confusion, and hopefully no chaos, the day of the party. The equipment and supplies that you will need to purchase, rent or borrow include the following:
- Food and Beverages
- Fireworks (Check with your city’s ordinances regarding the legality of fireworks. Some allow certain kinds while others strictly prohibit them.)
- Picnic Tables (or for a cheap alternative – throw blankets)
- Games for the Kiddos
A traditional 4th of the July block party takes place in the middle of the street, with both ends barricaded for safety. Neighbors often wheel their grills out and set up in front of their homes so that guests can wander up and down the street (you got to get a little exercise) to mingle and fill their plates.
Have a Safe and Happy 4th of July!!!