July 4th is a celebration of America’s declaration of independence and start as a free nation. It’s an exciting summer holiday that many people celebrate with barbecued foods, colorful clothing, and of course, fireworks! Looking to plan the perfect Fourth of July gathering? Whose Your Landlord has your back.

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First and foremost, let the right people know.

No ones going to show up to your Fourth of July party if they don’t know about it! Many people decide to host gatherings, so it’s important to let your friends and family know as soon as possible. It can be as informal as a text or as formal as a mailed invitation. Any way you decide to let people know, make sure you put an RSVP date down. This will help you determine how many guests you can expect, which in turns helps you anticipate how much food and drink to prepare.

Get your party venue organized.

It’s easiest to have your gathering at your home. Whether it’s a condo, an apartment, or a vacation property, you’ll need to get it in order prior to having people over. Give the space a deep cleaning, scrubbing public common areas like the kitchen, bathroom, and living spaces with extra care. On the day of, ensure trash cans are emptied, countertops are cleared, and indoor and outdoor hangout spaces are clear of clutter.

Gather supplies.

Hosting any kind of party can get messy really quickly. To help combat this, serve guests with paper or plastic cups, plates, and utensils. Head to your local big-box store and pick up a bulk order. Look for colorful or printed versions from your favorite brand! While you’re there, stock up on the snacks, main courses, and desserts you’ll be serving up. From hot dogs to burgers, ice-box cakes, chips, and popsicles, consider how many people you’re hosting and purchase enough food to keep everyone satisfied. On the day of, display these supplies in an organized fashion so your guests don’t have to go rooting through your cabinets to find what they need.

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Situate seating.

Whether you’re hosting your Fourth of July party indoors, outdoors, or both, you’ll need enough seating for your guests. It’s important to consider the space you’re working with – you don’t want to invite 100 guests to your small, 5th floor apartment. Clearing clutter will help the space appear larger, and if you need to, you can rent additional seating for the day. If that’s necessary, make sure you place your order now to ensure the company has the seating available for July 4th. To save money, borrow foldable chairs from your friends, family, and neighbors.

Have a backup plan.

The weather can be unpredictable any time of year, but this is especially true in the summer. If you’re planning to host outdoors, make sure you have a backup plan should the weather turn against you. Only invite as many as you can fit into your home, have an alternate plan for cooking indoors, and look up televised versions of local fireworks – just in case!

Sit back and enjoy!

After a bit of planning, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy with your friends and family, celebrating our great nation’s freedom with a cold one and a burger.

Fourth of July is just around the corner, so start prepping! Plan the perfect July 4th celebration with these tips and tricks. Have a safe and happy 4th of July, WYL Community.

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Lauren Ray is a passionate writer on a mission to create insightful and imaginative content. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Entertainment and Arts Management from Drexel University and loves writing and creating. In her free time, Lauren also enjoys travelling, binge-watching Netflix series, and quoting "Forgetting Sarah Marshall."