Oh, say can you see… yourself throwing your best Fourth of July bash yet? We can! It’s finally time to fire up the grill and break out the fireworks Indy – and Snappening’s here to help you do it big at your choice of event venue – home parties included.

Celebrate your freedom by adding some new twists to the festivities. We’ve got the scoop on décor, dinner and what’s going down in Indy this Fourth of July weekend!

Dazzling Décor

An outdoor affair under the stars calls for decorations with just as much shimmer. While you can easily pick up American-flag themed decorations at the local drug store or super market, we love using this holiday as an excuse to get crafty! Here is an idea we love:

  • Food Flags: Plant red, white and blue banners in your burgers – and anything you’re bringing to the picnic table. Card stock cut and taped on toothpicks should do the trick.
Food – Get Fancy

You know the drill…can’t go wrong with barbeque! Ribs, burgers, hot dogs and fresh corn-on-the-cob just smell like the Fourth of July. A traditional New England-style clambake or lobster feast are also sure to be a hit. Here is a unique foodie tidbit we thought we’d pass along:

Grilled Corn Disks: Guests will love devouring sweet summer corn a new way! Cut ears of corn into rounds about 1 inch thick, brush with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Cook on a medium-hot grill, cut sides down, about 2 minutes per side. The perfect hors d’oeuvre!
Sing for Freedom

An All-American soiree calls for a play list that guests are guaranteed to start waving their sparklers to. Get started with these five patriotic tunes (cheesy, but essential!):

  • Freedom / George Michael
  • I’m Free / The Soup
  • God Bless the USA / Lee Greenwood
  • American Girl / Tom Petty
  • Rockin’ in the Free World / Neil Young
What time is it? GAME TIME!

This is America – no need to explain our competitive spirit! Set up this activity at your next event or party:

  • Especially if your party is at a large outdoor venue, break your guests into two teams for a friendly tournament of volleyball, flag-football or Ultimate Frisbee.
Side note: you’ll be a winning host if you give out prizes! Pinwheels, glow sticks and glow in the dark jewelry work perfectly.

 

Hit the Town

Not looking to celebrate in the backyard this year? Fourth of July events around Indy are just as full of boom-bah spirit. In fact, some of Snappening’s favorite event venues are pulling out all the stops!

  • Hit the Eiteljorg Museum for free admission on Independence Day. Beginning at 4:30, the DeHaan Family Terrace will feature music, dancing and crafts—not to mention a barbeque buffet at the Sky City Café. Come hungry! Stick around the terrace for a beautiful view of fireworks off the canal.
  • The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center is hosting a special Concert on the Canal on July 4. Patriotic songs and marches included! Feel free to bring your own food and relax on the grass for absolutely free.
  • Celebrate Independence Day the authentic way by taking it back a few centuries at Conner Prairie. 1800’s baseball, Do-Si-Do at a barn dance and epic fireworks? Gets us fired up every time!

These high-flying party flourishes and, of course, fireworks are sure to make for a grand old time with your family and friends. Doesn’t get more American than that!

Looking for a venue to host your party? Have even more ideas on how to celebrate? Share with the Snappening community onFacebook or Twitter. Happy Fourth of July, everyone!