Music and the smell of fresh burgers on the grill waft through the air, the sun shines down on a warm summer day, and everyone is out enjoying some fresh air and fireworks. For Americans, the Fourth of July is a day to come together and celebrate independence by enjoying our freedoms. Here are some July 4th backyard party ideas for your own one-of-a-kind celebration.

Burgers or Dogs?

The eternal question: Should I cook burgers or hot dogs on the grill? The answer: Both. BBQ and grilled meat are summer holiday staples, so why not have both? As for the burgers, just be sure to throw on some salt and pepper before placing them on the grill. Also, you can always cook half of the patties with cheese and half without to give your guests some variety.

For the perfect burger, don’t press and squeeze the patty on the grill. You want all of the oils and juices to remain inside the patty. Now, if you really want to go all out on your burgers, try fixing up this delicious burger seasoning recipe:

Burger Seasoning Recipe

July 4th backyard party BBQ

  • 1 tbsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. pepper
  • 2 tsp. dried and minced onion
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp. paprika
  • ½ tsp. basil
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  • ½ tsp. red pepper

Further, if you really want to go all out on the hot dogs, you can set out sauerkraut, onions, relish, and chili. Of course, you can also grill veggie burgers and throw together a salad if any of your guests are vegetarian or vegan.

July 4th Themed Drinks

A July 4th backyard party wouldn’t be complete without something to wash down all those burgers and dogs. A nice, cool drink pairs perfectly with BBQ on a hot summer day. Soft drinks and a case of light beer is standard American fare, but you can surely get more creative with the drinks. So, venture out and try some of these tasty summer holiday cocktails and drinks.

Red White and Blue Cocktail Recipe

July 4th backyard party drinks

Try this easy recipe for an eye-catching red, white, and blue flag cocktail that’s sure to impress:

  • grenadine
  • blue curacao
  • cream

Use equal parts to fill up the glass.

Lemonade Recipe

A pitcher of refreshing, home-made lemonade is sure to be a hit at your July 4th backyard party. Here’s another recipe for 1 1/2 quarts of delicious lemonade:

  • 1 cup of lemon juice, either five or six squeezed lemons or store-bought lemon juice
  • ¾ cup of very fine sugar
  • 1 cup of ice, crushed
  • 4 cups of water

Sweet Tea Recipe

Finally, you can even whip up a pitcher of classic southern-style sweet iced tea. This is a tricky one to get right, but in general the sweeter the better. On a hot summer day, especially down where it’s warm, a home-made pitcher of sweet tea is absolutely delicious. Try this recipe for a little down-home sweet tea at your July 4th backyard party:

  1. Bring 4 cups of water to a low boil in a pot on the stove.
  2. Throw in 6 or 8 single serving tea bags.
  3. Brew some simple syrup on the side with 2 cups of sugar and 3 cups of hot water.
  4. Then, once the tea has steeped for about 10 minutes, gently mix it in a pitcher with the syrup.
  5. Add water until you have a gallon.
  6. Finally, if needed, mix in additional sugar to taste.

Don’t forget to keep your drinks cool too!

July 4th Backyard Party Favors

Sparkler fireworks are a common theme at July 4th backyard parties. You can pick them up along with any other fireworks at your local firework store. As for decorations, you can whip up your own DIY red, white, and blue banners with just some colored tissue paper and some string. You can even use colored bandanas instead of tissue paper if you’d like. Overall, sparklers, pull string fireworks, little American flags, and DIY Independence Day buttons make great party favors!

Stop by Cape Ace to get decorations, lawn chairs and more for your backyard set up. In addition, we have grills, coolers, patio furniture and more. Come on in today to get everything you need for a fun-filled weekend.