Summer is in full swing and America’s favorite holiday is just around the corner. Celebrating with friends and family is the best part of July 4th, except for maybe the fireworks. But, hosting a 4th of July party takes a lot of planning and work that you may not have thought of. For that reason, we’ve created a list to help with your yard prep.
Yard Prep: Let your Flag Fly
First of all, it’s the reason for the season. The good ol’ stars and stripes. A 4th of July backyard soiree wouldn’t be complete without the American flag blowing in the wind. What you may not know is that there is a set of guidelines that you’re supposed to follow when hanging the American flag. In fact, the stars are supposed to be at the top left. If you don’t have a flagpole and are displaying it in a window, keep in mind that it should be oriented so that people see it properly from the street.
Yard Prep: Entertainment Spot
One of the most important tasks when doing yard prep is ensuring that you have a nice spot to entertain your guests. However, if you don’t have a big deck or lush landscaping don’t fret. Consider building a simple picnic table, which can be done in one weekend!
Yard Prep: Barbecue
Most commonly, the menu for any 4th of July party consists of some sort of barbecue. If this is the case for you, you’ll need to make sure the grill has been properly cleaned. In addition, stock up on whatever fuel you need for your particular grill. Or, if you choose to cook with a barbecue pit there are other options such as charcoal or hardwood logs.
Yard Prep: Don’t Get Bugged
This time of year, the bugs are out in full force. Don’t let them ruin your fun in the sun! The first thing you should do is check your yard for any areas where there might be stagnant water. Mosquitos love stagnant water because they breed in areas like that. Some other preventative measure you can take include using citronella candles, using fans for air circulation, and tiki torches. Plus, there is always the tried and true bug spray. If you prefer something non-toxic, you can easily make bug spray using a mixture of essential oils and witch hazel.
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