This 4th of July week is going be extremely long! 4-5 days for some people, due to the fact of it being on a Tuesday this year. It can be difficult to keep a family entertained for a whole weekend, let alone a week long holiday. You might even be throwing a party to celebrate. Well, we have you covered; from our favorite recipes to fun crafts for the kids, and decorations to get everyone in the mood to celebrate! Here are 10 things to help you conquer the long 4th of July weekend. 

1. Food

 Try this super cute Patriotic 7-Layer Dip.


And for the meat lovers in your family, the Balsamic Flank Steak is always a crowd pleaser.



For a refreshing side try the Watermelon Feta Blueberry Salad.


2. Drinks

The 4th of July isn't the 4th of July without some amazing drinks, so try this fruity Sparkling Patriotic Sangria.




Or if you are feeling a little crazy, these All-American Jell-O Shots.

And for the kids a cute Layered Drink.

3. Desserts

Obviously, the best part of any meal is the dessert, so try some No-Bake Cheesecake Cupcakes.



For something a little richer, Patriotic Cake Pops.

4. Clothes

Once your food and decorations are ready, you need to look the part. So here are some super easy DIY clothes you can create for the 4th, like this Star Headband

Or American Flag Shorts.

5. Nails

A great thing the girls can go out and do together is getting their nails done, so here are some great patriotic ideas. 

6. Activities

There are so many things to do on the 4th of July and this is one you can have in your own yard, a Stars and Stripes Bean Bag Toss!

It's supposed to be in the high 80s, low 90s this holiday weekend. So what's the best way to beat the heat? Go to your local pool or lake, but don't forget your Pool Float

7. Crafts

Keep the little ones entertained by making a Patriotic Hand Print


Or make these Patriotic Kids Blowers, don't worry they are noiseless. 

8. Decorations

Spruce up your home with these cute Flower Arrangements you can make yourself!


Or tie up this Red, White and Blue Garland

9. Patios

Your patio is the first thing your guests and passer-bys will see, get some inspiration from these cute ideas.


10. Fireworks

The greatest way to culminate the 4th of July celebrations is to, of course, watch the fireworks. Here are three shows on the 4th in the Mile High City.

Denver/Elitch Gardens – Fireworks Presented by Pepsi, at Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park. The park will be open all day, the firework show begins at 10 PM.

Denver (Coors Field) – Postgame Fireworks, at Coors Field.

Denver (Sports Authority Field at Mile High) – Mile High Fireworks Show, at Sports Authority Field. Fireworks begin after the Denver Outlaws game. 

Visit our full Blog Post for a complete list of firework shows in the state of Colorado.

*Please remember that in most Colorado counties fireworks are illegal. If the firework has a loud bang or leaves the ground you can and will be fined up to $999 in most counties. Visit for more information on your county's firework regulations. 


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