Throw Your Best 4th of July Party!

Independence Day is always a good time of year to get together with family and friends. Enjoy some good food and fun in the sun while summer is at its peak!

After quarantine, you may be antsy (like we are) to get out and get social. Here are some ideas to help you throw your best backyard party and make this Fourth of July special. 

Barbecue Favorites

Hotdogs and hamburgers are an obvious staple of this grill-out holiday, but what about sides? Here are two ideas to change up the typical pasta salad and veggie tray routine:

Parmesan-Crusted Tater Tots w/ Dipping Sauce

Get ready for this twist on your typical tots!

These oven-baked parmesan tots are sure to be a hit. Garlicky, cheesy with a perfect crunch.  This one gets the thumbs up from kids and adults alike! Plus, it’s super easy to make, and the main ingredient is just a bag of frozen tater tots. Click here for the recipe.

Spinach-Artichoke Dip w/ Fire-Roasted Bread

As an appetizer, consider this recipe for a delicious spinach-artichoke dip. This dish uses 11 ingredients and takes only 4 steps to complete! It will go great with a veggie tray, toasted bread, pretzels, chips, or whatever else you can think to dip in it. It’s also easy to heat up as leftovers (but you probably won’t have any). Get the recipe here

Root Beer Floats

And to top it all off, what is more American than a Rootbeer Float? A classic, simple summer treat. No recipe attached for this one, but we recommend using vanilla ice cream and your favorite brand of root beer.  Find some festive straws at Parker Party America!

These will pair perfectly with some patriotic cookie dough bites! Check out Dough Dreamery on Mainstreet to get cookie dough bites (safe to eat, and gluten free options!) rolled in red, white, and blue sprinkles. You’ll be able to order online and pickup curbside!

Another great option this year is to order take-out cocktails from your favorite local joint! Find offers from many Parker restaurants on the BlockParty app, and save money while sipping your favorite adult beverages.

Fun for All Ages

No backyard bash is complete without some outdoor-friendly games.  Get into the American spirit with these two holiday-themed activities:

First, a classic; American Flag Cornhole.  This one is made in the USA with premium construction and design. At $250, it is a bit pricey, but one of Amazon’s highest rated cornhole sets. Or, build your own by following these DIY instructions!  Don’t forget the red, white, and blue paint.

For a mental challenge, quiz each other on American history and find out who is the “True American” among you. Here is a list of questions to get it going.  Get creative with the prizes!  Best history buff? Most enthusiastic answers? Everyone can be a winner with this one.

Themed Decorations

No party would be complete without at least a few signature flag-inspired decorations.  Here are a couple unique ones we found that are sure to add some color to your decor.

American Flag Table-Wear

Here is a nice American tablecloth to set the stage.  Whether it’s for the buffet table, or spread on the ground for a kid’s picnic area, you’ll be able to add a pop of patriotic color to the yard!  

Or, keep the table cloth simple and instead create a red, white, and blue centerpiece.  This article has 15 DIY ideas that anyone can make, using materials like lollipops, mason jars, and flowers.

American Flag Lights

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If you’re ready to go all-in, check out these cool flag net lights.  They’ll keep your party going well past dark!  For a big flag on a budget, make your own American flag balloon wall!  This can also double as a fun kids’ activity if you have some darts laying around the garage. 

Parker Party America has so much more when it comes to decorating for your Fourth of July party! They are locally owned and will help walk you through your party-planning process.

Are you throwing a backyard party this holiday? We’d love to hear your ideas too! Email us at to share your favorite go-to party ideas.