Many will say it is their favorite time of year, and for good reason. It’s a time for family gatherings, a time to forget about work, a time to overindulge in some great food and a time to sit back, relax and enjoy the beauty of fireworks. If you are throwing a party this Independence Day, here are some great ideas to really step it up a notch!
While you’re waiting for the fireworks show to start, there are plenty of ways to keep your guests happy and entertained. If you’re throwing a family party, classic outdoor games like tug-of-war and red, white and blue water balloon tosses are good for the whole family. If your party is taking place in a larger area, break up your guests into teams for a friendly tournament of flag football, volleyball or Ultimate Frisbee.
For food, you can never go wrong with barbecue. Grilling anything from ribs, burgers, hot dogs and corn is always a 4th of July staple. Serving cool sides like potato and pasta salad make great accompaniments to any of the above main courses. For dessert, serve fruit salad in a hollowed-out watermelon or a frosted cake with white icing and topped with raspberries and blueberries to resemble the American flag. Make sure your food doesn’t spoil in the heat. Keep all perishable food in bowls over ice, and keep food in a cooler as much as possible, especially during this summer holiday.
After your party (or instead), head on over to Manassas, Virginia’s own Celebrate America! It will be fun for the whole family, including the 2013 Apple Pie Baking contest. Judging will take place on July 4th from 4 pm until the winners are announced at 6pm.
And after the contest, stay for the event we’re all waiting for- one of the largest fireworks displays in Northern Virginia, sponsored by the City of Manassas and Historic Manassas, Inc.! The party surrounds the Old Town train depot, the Harris Pavilion and the Manassas Museum. There will be rides for kids starting at 3PM. The rest of the fun, including food concessions, novelty vendors and live entertainment begins at 4PM. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and come early to the Manassas Museum Lawn for the firework display at 9:15PM!
Have a very happy and safe 4th of July, whatever you choose to do!