Hosting an Independence Day Celebration in Your Garage
The Fourth of July is a day when we come together as a community to celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, which officially announced that the United States was its own country separate from Great Britain. As a federally recognized holiday, it is an ideal day off from work to enjoy the summer and celebrate our freedoms.
Independence Day is only a few days away, and many people’s celebration plans are well underway. Festivities take many forms, including parades, festivals, barbeques, and block parties. When planning for the holiday, your garage can offer a functional space for hosting your get-together.
If you are going to host a themed party, it is essential to set the tone by utilizing a fair amount of decorations. Although you can celebrate the day without them, decorations show thoughtfulness and intention. A few classic options include:
Using patriotic tablecloths to cover the food and beverage tables.
Hanging banners that say “America” or “USA.”
Scattering flags around the area, in centerpieces, wreaths, plants, or lining the driveway.
Making your driveway a patio for a day by putting out tables, chairs, and umbrellas.
Splurging on red, white, and blue pillows for the patio furniture to provide added comfort for fireworks displays.
Food and Beverages
No celebration is successful without plenty to eat and drink. Make sure to have something for everyone invited, and check for allergies before spending your time and money on something no one can enjoy. A barbeque on the grill is a traditional favorite. Consider these ideas:
- Fresh fruit trays for a refreshing appetizer
- Red, white, and blue decorated cookies, cakes, or other dessert options
- Both vegan and non-vegan entrees
- Non-perishable snack foods for everyone to enjoy throughout the day
Games and Activities
If you are hosting a party that will last several hours, consider providing entertainment. The conversation may be comfortable between friends; however, many guests enjoy having a game or activity to participate in together. If you have a pool, letting your guests bring a bathing suit and towel is a great option to keep everyone cooled off and occupied while waiting for food to be cooked or fireworks to begin. Other options include:
- Yard games such as horseshoes, corn hole, or backyard twister
- A patriotic scavenger hunt
For the Fourth, fireworks are always a crowd favorite. However, be sure to practice safety by keeping fireworks outside and away from trees, carports, and other coverings. Also, it is still a good rule of thumb to double check with your local municipalities to find out if there are any restrictions on the size, type, or volume level of fireworks. In many cities, the festivities must end by a specific time to avoid fines.
Clean Up Your Space
For many, a garage doubles as a storage unit, without the need to pay monthly fees. However, if your space is overflowing with stored items, there may be no possibility of hosting your gathering in the garage in its current condition. Maximizing your storage space is a great way to control clutter, enabling you to utilize your garage in other ways. Let us help you create storage for all of your needs, ensuring that you can host a memorable celebration this year.
Blue Sky Builders has over 39 years of experience building custom garages and providing unique storage solutions in Chicago and DuPage County. Contact us today at 630-852-8485 to find out how we can help you. Please visit our gallery to look at some of our past projects.