Celebrating the Fourth of July

Fourth of July is such a fun holiday in the US. It’s basically an adult party on a warm, summer day. I always love to see what people do to celebrate. It’s so easy to get into the spirit! Don’t we all own something red, white, or blue? That or throw on some stars or stripes, grab a hotdog, yell out America! and you’re golden.

So today I’m sharing some ideas of what I’ve done in the past (or plan to do now) to celebrate July 4th. From what to wear, do and eat…. I’ve got lots of suggestions and ideas for you! You can find more on my Pinterest here as well.

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WHAT TO WEAR:

I don’t really see any reason in having to buy something special for the Fourth. Don’t get me wrong.. I love shopping for new goodies! But you can really pick out items from your closet and have an outfit ready in a pinch. Here’s ideas of my outfits that I would repeat easily for July 4th.

DENIM

La Mariposa Blog: Fourth of July Outfit Inspiration

I have a few denim dresses that I really love and think are perfect for July 4th. But really, any light denim works. Note: I say light-wash specifically because… it’s summer. So why not brighten up? I’m thinking of wearing some distressed denim shorts this weekend- they’re especially a must if it’s really warm where you are!

RED OR BLUE ACCESSORIES

Schutz Lace-up Erlina Sandals in Scarlet

La Mariposa Summer Outfit: Madewell Cream Hankercheif Choker

Between necklaces, lipsticks, nail polish, shoes, and bags… you really have endless options for showing a little country color pride. You know I’m a fan of neck scarves, which is an easy & trendy way to add some color to a simple white tee and jeans. If that’s not your style, just throw on some red lipstick!

STRIPES

JCrew Factory Red Gondola Striped Ponte Dress with Tan Rebecca Minkoff MAC

Express Blue Stripe Shirt Maxi Dress

Cap Sleeve Striped Shirt with Tan Rebecca Minkoff MAC Bag

Well, they’re on the flag aren’t they? And if we’re following that lead, then wear something with stars on it while you’re at it!

POLKA DOTS

JCrew Polkadot Dress & Poppy Stella & Dot Purse

Orange and Cobalt Blue

Polkadots are playful and a great summer print. Whether it’s a top, dress or skirt, you can pull off a dottie piece to add a touch of festivity to your look.

RED, WHITE & BLUE PATTERNED ITEMS

Navy, White and Red Bubble Skirt with Red Lace-up sandals

I mean, florals are necessarily a representation of the USS, but this navy and red print sure is ;) If you have any prints that are in the color scheme, go for it! Even if you have a combination of all three colors, you can look festive. Add final splashes of color with accessories if needed.

MAXI DRESSES

La Mariposa x Kika Boutique Mexico: Harem Maxi Dress

Maxi dresses are especially great for those celebrations that are a little less casual, but not too upscale. Not to mention, they’re so comfortable! Bonus points for this red one, right?

CHAMBRAYS

Styling a Chambray Denim Open Back Top

I know I just showed you this, but it is a strong contender for one of my July 4th outfits. A playful chambray top with jean shorts or white denim and some red lips is effortless, and more importantly, comfortable.

WHAT TO EAT:

Hotdogs.

Just kidding. Here’s a post I did last year about easy picnic ideas. My favorite food items were:

RED, WHITE & BLUE SALAD:

Delicious red, white & blue salad

Delicious red, white & blue salad

Spinach, strawberries, blueberries, goat (or feta) cheese, & your favorite nut. That’s it! I actually enjoy this salad sans dressing, but a vinaigrette would be perfect.

WATERMELON AGUA FRESCA

Watermelon Juice- 4th of July Drink Idea

My favorite Mexican juice! Mix cold water with juiced watermelon (that’s sifted and seadless), along with a squirt of lime (and sugar if you really want it sweet!) to make the world’s most savory drink. Add some ice if it’s super hot out, and themed straws.

BERRIES & WHIPPED CREAM

Fourth of July healthy picnic snack ideas

I mean, if you don’t like whipped cream, you shouldn’t be trusted. Who doesn’t love that stuff?! Be careful… it is so addicting, but oh-so perfect to throw in little bowls for dipping. This would be great for kids and mixes well with any fruit.

MINI FRUIT SQUEWERS:

Red, white & blue fruit kebobs

I gravitate towards fresh produce when it’s hot out, which is luckily inexpensive during the summer. The other day, blueberries were .99 cents a pint! Making these little skewers last year was very simple (you could even use long toothpicks) and they are great for stacking up on a plate or grabbing to-go.

See my full Fourth of July Picnic post here.

 WHAT TO DO:

PARADES:

USA straws for 4th of July

Find out where your local parade it, and attend it! Between the hyper kids, free candy, firetrucks and USA paraphernalia, you can’t not enjoy a Fourth of July parade. I miss attending with my family every year because it brings some very fun memories (and silly tan lines).

GO TO THE BEACH:

Martha's Vineyard Beach

Boston Ice-cream with Sprinkles

Almost every year (since living in Boston), Matt and I head to the beach for a day or two around July 4th. It’s a relaxing way to spend the long weekend, and so far we’ve gotten lucky with great weather. Oh, and we always grab some ice-cream while were there!

HOST/ATTEND A PICNIC (GRILL):

Hosting a July 4th Picnic

Fourth of July Picnic Idea

Red, White & Blue 4th of July Picnic

Grab some themed straws, plates and a table cloth, and your picnic will be instantly elevated. I found mine all at Marshalls, but you can also buy throw-away items at your local grocery store. Americans love July 4th, so you won’t find it hard to pick-up cheap & festive pieces. And if you have one, please throw some food on the grill for me. Oh how I miss grilled summer food. ;)

PLAY BALL!

red sox game

Go to a baseball game (and eat a hotdog!). If you don’t have the ability to attend a game nearby, you could always grab some friends and play any sport outside, too. We love to play kickball and cornhole in the backyard. The Red Sox play in Fenway on July 4th, so I am thinking we will tackle this idea this year!

PS: I know these tickets aren’t from July 4th, but the image worked so well ;)

ROOFTOP/PATIO BARS:

Beehive Patio

This patio is in the South end at The Beehive- isn’t is gorgeous? There are many restaurants, pubs & breweries with patios, rooftops, and retractable windows to hang around. My friends and I really enjoy day-drinking, and doing it with a great view and a sun-kiss is unbeatable.

FIREWORKS & S’MORES:

What better way to watch the fireworks than by doing so while roasting a delicious dessert? Hanging out around the bonfire while watching fireworks in the distance is so fun. It’s a great end to a long, busy day and a fun way to catch-up with your friends and family. I think this is my favorite part about the Fourth of July (and summer in general!).

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july fourth party

Hope this gives you some great ideas for the Fourth! See my Pinterest for more & please share any suggestions or plans you have! I would love to hear :)

xo Rach