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Hi friends! It is finally July, which means we are smack dab in the middle of summer. For our family, that means lots of outdoor activities. One of those activities would be an Independence Day backyard barbecue, with lots of screaming kids running around. And, lots of swimming in the pool, jumping on the trampoline, and volleyball playing. These fun patriotic summertime parties are always a hit with family and neighbors. It’s a great way to celebrate our independence and freedom. So break-out the red, white, and blue, and celebrate America turning another year older!


For this party, our menu was hamburgers and dogs on the grill, baked beans, coleslaw, potato salad, chips, and all the fixins. Desserts were a variety of cakes, cookies, and pies, and even red, white, and blue popsicles! There was plenty of seating with tables and chairs sprawled all around the backyard and patio. Cold drinks were in coolers, and in galvanized buckets of ice scattered about. We used disposable plates, flatware, napkins, and tablecloths so clean-up would be quick and easy. As you can see from some of the photos, decorations were flags and decor in America’s colors.


The entertainment was a myriad of things: the swimming pool with lots of pool floats, dive sticks, and water guns, the trampoline, the boys’ fort and swings, the blow-up suits that you wear to play-fight (bump into) each other, and of course the giant jumpy obstacle course. The kids also played football, soccer, and volleyball in our backyard. There were so many fun things to keep all the guests entertained.


Near the end of the evening, all our guests found buckets of sand that displayed sparklers, poppers, confetti cannons, and even glow sticks. Our neighborhood is famous for its amazing fireworks every year, so all the kids hopped in the back of pickup trucks and we headed down to the open field to watch the awesome displays and light shows. The best thing about having these little celebrations is knowing that my children will always look back on these days and remember the fun and excitement they felt with their friends and family gathered together.

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