While this Independence Day might look a little bit different from those of the past, there’s no reason you can’t still get a little enjoyment in. Update your yearly Fourth of July plan with a few new ideas that you can do from or nearby your home to make this year’s celebration one to remember.
Take A Little Dip in a Blow-up Pool
Depending on where you live, your local swimming pool may or may not be open...but don’t let that stop you from splashing around in the water. Blow-up pools have gotten way cooler since you last encountered them as a toddler. Check out the (dare we say glam?) tufted designs from Minnidip, which makes adult-sized blow-up pools that offer more spacious dimensions than the kiddie versions on offer. Match a blush-toned mini pool with the Miami-inspired foliage print of the Sweet Leafy Ruffled One-Piece Swimsuit. Pink and blue hues, along ruffled details and a tie at the bust, lend a playful air to this flattering maillot. Seductive cutouts at the front and back remind everyone that this suit, like your new blow-up pool, is meant for grown-ups. For a two-piece swimsuit, you can’t go wrong with the Denim Blue High-Waisted Bikini. Hello, what could be more American than wearing blue jeans on the Fourth of July? This clever bikini is actually made of stretchable swim fabric (because denim is notoriously damp for ages after getting wet), so you’ll actually dry off pretty quickly once you’ve completed your final dip in the blow-up pool.
The best Fourth of July memories aren’t made while lying on the couch, ladies. Fill your holiday with backyard games like cornhole, ladder ball, and frisbee for an epically fun time that everyone at home can partake in. Even better yet, two of these three games can be played while clutching a can of hard seltzer or soda—that’s a win for everyone in our book. If you think that lawn games “uglify” your yard, we’d like to draw your attention to this cute cactus ladder ball set and a pair of cornhole boards that can actually be deemed elegant (yes, really). For a July Fourth outfit that’s as fierce as your lawn game competition, pick the Polka Dot Wrap Romper. This easy all-in-one option lets you move freely thanks to the high-waisted shorts at the bottom half. Layer it with the Red Scalloped One-Piece Swimsuit underneath for extra coverage while playing games and the quickest of changes if you intend to hit the beach or pool…once you’ve emerged victorious amongst your housemates, of course.
Picnic in the Park
Maybe you would rather get out of the house or apartment after all of the quarantining this past Spring, huh? Throw a (social-distancing compliant) party in the park with a well-stocked picnic. There’s no need to whip up a meal from scratch unless you really want to. Instead, order takeout from a favorite restaurant since they could likely use the business right now, or pick up good-quality cheese, bread, and cured meats to pack in a wildly charming picnic basket, complete with reusable plates, silverware, and wine glasses. Clink, clink! Bring along a blanket so that you can sit comfortably, and wear something effortless but still this side of romantic like the Red and White Floral Ruffle Mini Dress. This printed style features an adjustable tie at the waist for a customized fit and plenty of ruffles that catch the wind as it blows through the trees. Alternatively, a flirty ankle-grazing frock like the Blue Stripe Ruffled Midi Dress features a longer hem to ensure everything stays covered while you’re seated cross-legged on the ground for extended periods of time. Either option makes for an elevated way to keep to the Fourth of July theme, if you ask us!
Throw a Red-White-Blue BBQ
Is any pursuit as all-American as a backyard barbecue? We’d venture to say no. A hot grill, cold drinks, summer sunshine...this is as good as it gets! Take your Fourth of July celebration to the next level with holiday-inspired dishes that you can make in advance. Start with colorful patriotic sides like red, white, and blue spinach salad (think strawberries, blueberries, crumbled feta) and the craftacular red, white, and blue deviled eggs, for which you can finally break out those cutesy-wootsey tiny bottles of food coloring hiding in the back of the pantry. Finish things up with a healthy, no-sugar-added frozen dessert like double berry coconut pops or a show-stopping flag cake before you break out the sparklers as day turns into night. Match the U.S.A. theme of your BBQ with the Striped Collared Ribbed Dress, a short-ish shirtdress printed with red-white-and-blue stripes plus a collared polo neckline that adds a vintage-inspired feel. If you’re into longer looks, the Blue And White Striped Dress is a maxi style that’s perfectly chill but still plenty pretty. It features convenient side pockets to store those pop-its you’ve been saving just for this occasion, too!
Head to the Beach
Well, you knew we were going to suggest this one! Our favorite place is also a great location to spend the Fourth of July. If you’re lucky enough to live near the water, grab a cute blue and white striped beach tent to provide shade when you need it, plus towels, a cooler with snacks and drinks, and you’ll be set for a fab surfside celebration with your co-quarantine group. When it’s time to pick a bathing suit, go full-out Independence Day chic and wear a Sporty White Contrast Trim Bikini, paired with a red beach hat or scrunchie. If you prefer two-piece swimsuits, try the Red And White Stripe Buttoned Bikini, with its on-theme motif and super-sexy cheeky-cut bottom. If you’ve already selected your preferred Fourth of July swimsuit but still need something to wear over it, choose the Geometric Print Tassel Trim Cover Up, which is holiday-appropriate but looks fine before and after America’s birthday, too. For little ones who want to join in the July Fourth dress-up festivities, opt for the Navy Striped Bikini For Girls and American Flag Boys Swim Trunks, both of which will have your fellow beachgoers freaking out at the heart-stopping adorableness of your minis. Word to the moms out there: dressing everyone up in USA-themed swimsuits makes for truly memorable pictures that you can use for the family holiday card come wintertime.
Organize a Scavenger Hunt
If the idea of celebrating the Fourth of July with a game of bocce ball or croquet seems yawn-inducing, switch gears and get creative by organizing a scavenger hunt. It doesn’t have to be a major project, since you can stick to stuff you’d find in the yard. If you want to break out of the yard, send friends and family searching around the block or inside the house, as long as you’re with your quar-pod or if small gatherings have already been ok'd by your local authorities. Make a list of at least five findable items (either print out checklists or simply text a list to everyone’s phone) and be sure to prep an Independence Day-themed prize for the winner. We’re particularly partial to prizes like an American flag-print inflatable cooler, which can be used at home, the beach, the pool, or the park that very same day and later in the summer, too. If you’re participating in the search, wear something comfortable but cute, like the Sporty Bodysuit. We love this retro-leaning ribbed piece in white or black when teamed with a pair of high-waisted jean shorts. If you’ll be officiating (and hence not bending over to search), pair it with a bright tomato-y red mini skirt instead, which will make the whole look pop.
Even More Ideas
Need more Independence Day activities to consider? Consider taking a hike with your quar-pod in a nearby state park to clear the mind while revving up the hamstrings. Or offer to volunteer your time cleaning up the beach or lending a hand at your local food bank—just because it’s a holiday doesn’t mean that your services aren’t needed, and established organizations have plenty of practice keeping everyone at a proper social distance. If you’ll be celebrating solo, bring your mindfulness practice outside with an outdoor meditation or a yoga session on the grass (truth: the lawn makes a soft landing place if you can’t hack that headstand). Before you get started, be sure to bring along a red-white-and-blue hair tie that’s as American as apple pie—and keeps wayward locks out of your face. Another smart move: go hands-free during any of these activities by stashing any necessities in a Geometric Print Drawstring Backpack that’s lightweight and washable. Happy Fourth of July and have a fantastic—and fantastically safe—holiday, everybody!