Want a formula for an easy, family celebration for July 4th? If you are laying low like me, this post is for you.

I know things are opening up, but personally, I’m taking things very slowly. That, unfortunately, means no large party or picnics. But I am not going to just sit here watching YouTube videos all day. I want to celebrate our country, even among the chaos.

I will be hosting a micro cookout ( trademark that). Guests will include me, my husband, and my 2 daughters. Also, my parents, who have been staying at home exclusively, will come. And we will sit outside 6 feet apart and wear face masks. I suppose I should order a patriotic one. I rounded up a few quick ideas for you to make the day special without a lot of effort.

1. How To Set The Mood

Of course, you could just yell to the fam, “dinner’s ready,” but why not make it unique by sending/ handing them a real paper invite. And you can put “free 4th of July printables” in your search bar and find a ton of fun ideas. I really like this party pack from TipJunkie. Everything matches and makes decorating easy.

2. What to Wear

You probably have the pieces to make a red, white, and blue outfit. You Also could get a tank or tee from Amazon Prime before the 4th (double-check before you order). Another great idea is to add a patriotic accessory such as a scarf, a head wrap, or that kimono I have to get.

Spicy Pasta Salad with Smoked Gouda, Tomatoes and Basil from The Food Network

3. What to Eat

For your Independence Day celebration, you don’t need to make a gourmet meal, that is, unless you want to. If you would like some inspiration, take a look at these recipes from The Food Network.

All that is left is for you to spend some quality time with your family. Play some games, look at photo albums. Light some sparklers…and make a wish.

girlholding sparklerHappy Independence Day. And Remember, Freedom Isn’t Free

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