7 Ways to Make Your Pool the Center of Your 4th of July Party
What better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than to spend it playing, lounging, and having a barbeque around your beautiful backyard pool. And it doesn’t require much to take a wonderful day by the pool to a whole new level.
- ●Patriotic decor. It’s America’s birthday! Why not celebrate with some patriotic pool party decorations? Blow up red, white, and blue balloons. Whether you hang them up around the pool deck or toss them right in the pool, they add a fun splash (pun noted) of color to the scene. Red, white, and blue streamers are another quick way to dress up the pool deck. And how about an American flag tablecloth and coordinating paper plates, napkins, and plasticware? Chalkboard menu signs with patriotic quotes are also a nice touch. Patriotic pinwheels scattered randomly around the yard are another way to add a party flair.
- ●Festive food. There aren’t many times of year when the focus is on red, white, and blue foods, so let your creativity run wild! How about fruit skewers with strawberries, apple chunks, and blueberries? Or you might have sugar cookies frosted in white with red and blue sprinkles. Red, white, and blue popsicles are always a hit. Or maybe a dessert in a glass made up of alternating layers of red jello and vanilla ice cream, and topped with blueberries.
- ●Friendly competitions. How better to commemorate our country’s struggle for freedom than to struggle against family and friends in some fun games and competitions? Of course, there are old standbys like swimming relay races, chicken, and Marco Polo. And nothing gets the competitive juices flowing like bringing out some squirt guns or water balloons and letting the battles begin!
- ●Brilliant bonfire. After a fun-filled day at the pool, gathering around a fire pit to swap stories, roast marshmallows, and stare into the flames or up at the stars can be wonderfully relaxing. Be sure to have some dry towels or blankets handy if you live in a climate that gets chilly after dusk.
- ●The rocket’s red glare. After the sun sets, it’s time to light some sparklers and maybe a few fireworks! Safety first, of course. And that means supervising the use of incendiary devices but also remembering to keep an eye on children around the pool while people are distracted by the light show.
- ●Poolside movie night. Put up a screen (or just hang a white bed sheet), use one of many available methods for projecting to it, and have yourself a drive-in movie without the drive! Pick a patriotic flick or just a family favorite, kick back, and enjoy.
- ●Community campout. Nighttime doesn’t have to be the end of the fun. If you’ve got the room in your yard, have family and friends pitch a tent and join you for a backyard campout. Just be sure your pool is securely covered overnight so nobody takes an unexpected dip!
Declare Your Independence from the Same Old Fourth of July Party!
We hope these pool party ideas give you food for thought as you plan your Independence Day bash. If there are pool accessories you want to add before the big event, we’re here for you.