Hamburgers, hot dogs, ice cream, watermelon and cherry pie are summertime staples and icons of celebrating July 4th! Some Americans will start celebrating early in the morning, watering down the porch or stoop, and adding in a few more flags to their flowering summer containers before heading off to a local parade. Others will be setting outdoor buffets, seasoning salads, gearing up the grill and inflating additional pool floats or putting together the badminton sets and softball for an afternoon filled with food and fun in the sun.
However you choose to spend your July fourth day, one thing is for certain: it’s not July fourth without fireworks! From firecracker packs to bottle rockets and sparklers – whether in your own backyard or at the local park for the super show, fireworks on the fourth are a must! And now-a-days, firework inspired displays can be created and displayed all day long – from firecracker cakes, to fruity sparkler beverages – and even explosive tablescape decor and crafts – all to commemorate our Independence Day – the 4th of July!
Here are a few patriotic craft and recipe ideas to inspire you – along with common sense fireworks safety tips for your family, including your pet…
C R A F T S
Make Snap Crackle Pop from painted scrap wood…
Rocket Favor Packing from Martha Stewart
Easy to make Fireworks Wall Decor
Free Printables at Tip Junkie – a great way to embellish the basics!
4th of July Fireworks crafts your kids can make
Explosive July 4th Mailbox Decor – part of a “Best of July 4th Decorations” on Flickr.
D E S S E R T R E C I P E S
Fireworks Cookies (could make a great sandwich with ice-cream!)
Red, White, and Blue Berry Trifle from Martha Stewart.
C O C K T A I L S
Have you ever wondered how to make those pretty layered drinks? See how in this tutorial at Katrina’s Kitchen.
FIREWORKS GET REAL
Along with all the food, fun and games spent with family and friends on July 4th, it’s very important to remember safety when it comes to the handling of fireworks. As pretty as they are in the night sky, they are the result of a mixed chemical reaction.
Fireworks first originated in China some 2,000 years ago. Legend has it that fireworks were discovered by accident by a cook working in a field kitchen, who happened to mix charcoal, sulfur, and saltpeter (commonly found in kitchens back then). The mixture burned, and when compressed, (in a bamboo tube), the mixture exploded.
Fireworks have come a long way since then: today its mixed is compressed in tons of paper to help minimize the explosion. I’m not mentioning this to scare you, but just make you aware. You can read more about the History of Fireworks, the Chemistry of Fireworks, Fireworks Laws and more at The Fireworks University, and also read about how collecting fireworks is a hobby to many here. Now onto Fireworks Safety Tips, from the National Council on Fireworks Safety…
S A F E T Y
For some states, certain fireworks are illegal – while in others, certain fireworks restrictions may apply because of droughts and fire season (for example, here is this years fireworks guide for California – check your local area for your restrictions if you plan on purchasing fireworks or putting on your own display)
Terrific for toddlers – A safe sparkler alternative you can make.
Please also remember to keep your animal safe this 4th of July. Animals are afraid of the sound of fireworks. Because of this, many pets will run away and end up in shelters. Here are two things you can do to reduce those odds: 1. Keep pets indoors unless they are with you, either on leash or in a fenced yard. 2. Invest in having your pet micro-chipped and purchase a tag with your address/ phone number so if they do manage to get out and get lost someone will be able to get them back to you. Our pets depend on us to keep them safe – Let’s not let them down! – NOAH facebook page
Leslie Hendrix Wood
Decorator – Chancellor Interiors
Founder, Editor In Chief
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