Celebrate Your Independence with a Red, White and Pool Party

Mom and child play with American flag

One of the best ways to create a lasting Fourth of July memory is to throw a star-spangled pool party. Have a blast throughout the day as you and your guests savor All-American foods and beverages, play classic outdoor games and, of course, enjoy one another's company. Then stay up late for the perfect ending to the perfect day – fireworks. You can view a local display or watch a national display with your guests.

With endless possibilities to create the perfect day, here are a few tips that will take your patriotic pool party to the next level:

Decorations that Make Uncle Sam Proud

On the Fourth, your decor can be as loud as a fireworks show finale. So, don't be shy about embellishing your poolside area with tablecloths that boast stars and stripes, as well as bright, festive streamers. Choose appropriately festive serving platters, flatware, napkins, plates and cups.

If you're feeling crafty, you can include some homemade wreaths, painted flowerpots and similar adornments. If you’re not feeling crafty, hang or place flags around your yard and patio and hang patriotic streamers. At night, set your poolscape ablaze with strings of red, white and blue lights.

Grilled Faves and Sweet Treats

Independence Day is practically synonymous with simple barbecue fare, so don't feel like you need to offer any fancy entrees, unless you want to. Feel free to serve up summer classics like hot dogs, hamburgers, grilled chicken and baby back ribs. You may also want to consider having a vegetarian option, like grilled corn, fresh fruit or a garden salad to share. You can ask guests to contribute an appetizer or side dish or provide them yourself. Some of our favorite sides include chips and dip, potato salad and baked beans.

Meanwhile, beverages can include such standbys as soda, fruit juice, lemonade, iced tea and perhaps a holiday-themed cocktail or two. You can become dehydrated playing outside all day, so it's also always important to have bottled water or sports drinks on hand, and you can buy or make your own labels to complete the theme.

Top off your meal with a few Yankee Doodle desserts like a cake with white frosting that's covered in strawberries and blueberries, colorful tarts, fruit cobblers and ice pops can sweeten the party even more. And, when it comes to those frozen treats, you can always make your own festive version. And if a cake isn’t your style, cupcakes with red, white and blue sprinkles and cookies are always a big hit with the kids!

All-American Fun

Keep your guests entertained with activities they can participate in throughout the party. For pool games that will make a splash, try Marco Polo, tag, volleyball and water basketball, or pick from some of our favorites. Pick out beach balls and water noodles in patriotic colors for kids to play with in the pool. Also, make sure there is a designated Water Watcher to watch those playing in the pool!

If your partygoers prefer to stay dry, have things that can be played on the lawn. Cornhole, bocce ball and badminton are all fun options. For more ideas for fun lawn games, check out this article!

With all the fun to be had, make sure to leave an area for a little downtime. Create a space on your lawn or patio where people can relax on lawn chairs, admire the landscape or have a just have a conversation.

The Fourth of July is the ideal occasion for togetherness and fun, outdoor activities. And, there’s no better setting than your own outdoor oasis. Now is the time to get started on that guest list and menu!