the 4th of july

What is there to do on the 4th of July?

Looking to make plans this 4th of July but not sure what do to? We’ve got you covered. Here is a list of 5 common ways to spend your Independence Day. Please be sure to make your plans ahead of time if you or friends will be drinking!

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Let’s get started!

1. Find The Water

If being outdoors is your thing then you’ll probably decide to visit a lake.

Here are some good reasons why you would spend the 4th of July near water:

  • It’s going to be hot, there’s plenty of water to swim in.
  • Possibility of free firework show when the sun goes down.
  • Lots of people to mingle with.
  • It’s easy to bring friends.

Reasons you wouldn’t want to?

  • Bugs. Lots and lots of bugs.
  • Possibility of drunk drivers.
  • Needing a boat or to move around to find the firework show.
  • Parking lot could be packed.


If the lake or water is your destination for the 4th of July, be sure to pack sunscreen and bug spray.

Get an early start to grab a good parking spot.

Make plans with friends ahead of time and watch out for glass.

2. House Party

Not feeling the lake? Try throwing or visiting a house party:

  • You’ll know people there.
  • You can head indoors if bugs become a problem.
  • Close to the firework show!
  • Local bathroom

What could be the cons to a party during the 4th of July?

  • Cops showing up and ruining the fun
  • Probably not much room to park
  • If you have to clean up, yikes
  • No water =( unless there’s a pool!


A house party would be ideal if you want to be around friends in a secluded and secure location.

There might not be much room to park but you won’t have to walk forever to reach your car or hunt down a bathroom.

The firework show would be close by!

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3. Visit a Park

Live in a big city? We got you covered.

A park might be ideal for your 4th of July plans this summer:

  • The park is the place to be!
  • Mostly everyone will be chilling.
  • Plenty of places around and still in nature.
  • There might be a parade going.

Okay those are good reasons to hit up the park. What about the cons?

  • Paying for parking AND backed up traffic.
  • Walking around could be dreadful, requires more navigation.
  • You’ll need to keep a closer eye on your belongings.
  • Not able to charge your phone easily!


Parks are ideal for those in larger cities.

Bring a back up battery or external charger.

You may want to print out a map of the area you’ll be in if you aren’t familiar. Stay aware of your surroundings when walking and driving!

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4. Stay Inside

Maybe people and just going out in general isn’t your thing this 4th of July.

It’s all about freedom and you can make the decision to stay inside:

  • Nobody to bother you.
  • All snacks and drinks are yours!
  • You can get wasted without having to worry about driving or others.
  • Stand naked in your lawn with an american flag and a beer yelling “freedom!”

We admit, that’s the life but what are some negatives?

  • You’ll probably be lonely
  • You can’t leave to get anything if you’re drunk.
  • You’re on firework duty (hey, this could also be a positive! evil laughing)
  • Cleaning up yourself

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Staying in is a good call if it’s too late to make plans or if you have social anxiety.

You can also watch live streams of fireworks from all over ‘merica.. butt ass naked in a bubble bath with wine.

Just remember to get what you need from the stores before you begin drinking.


These 4 different ideas are great to get you started on making 4th of july plans this year. Each one can be expanded upon and mixed together to create a really amazing experience for everyone.

Be safe and enjoy your freedom! Oh, and speaking of freedom, it would be a great idea to head over to our affiliate CamelBak and get one of their water containers. Here’s the link below:

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Thanks for reading, leave a comment below about some crazy experiences you’ve had or if you have other ideas for 4th of july plans!

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