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Fourth of July Picnic Tips

Fourth of July Picnic Tips


Happy Independence Day everyone! The Fourth of July is one of our favorite holidays at Preview Properties. Picnics and fireworks by the lake, carnivals and fairs, parades, and BBQs are just some of the fun activities many families partake in on this day. Planning and executing a Fourth of July family outing, however, can be a bit taxing. That’s why we’ve compiled a How-To Guide for a stress-free Independence Day celebration that the whole family can enjoy!

Step 1: Plan Ahead! 

Before Independence Day arrives, there are some things to consider and plan out:

  • Where do you want to spend the day or afternoon? How far away is it from your home?
  • Is there parking on site or close-by? If not, can the kids handle the walk?
  • Are there any activities going on? What time do they start and end?
  • Are there any restrictions on items, beverages, and supplies you can bring with you?
  • What services and amenities, such as food stands, restrooms, playgrounds, etc., are available at the location?


Make sure to find out what time the fireworks begin. We know this is kind of a no-brainer, but if the fireworks start at 9 pm and you have little ones who are usually in bed by 8 pm, you may want to make sure they take a long nap early in the day. 

Bring a fully charged cell phone and camera, and bring some cash with you just in case you want to make a purchase somewhere that doesn’t accept credit cards.

Step 2: Pack the Essentials

If you’re traveling somewhere for the Fourth, you’re going to be away from home for a good portion of the day. Before you leave, make sure you’ve packed some of the following:

  • Picnic blankets and camping chairs
  • Picnic basket and a COOLER! You might be in a place with limited access to food and beverages, so it’s a good idea to bring snacks like sandwiches, string cheese, trail mix, and fruit.
  • Water! Pack lots of water bottles for your trip to stay hydrated.
    Tip: Freeze a couple to help keep cold food items cold and to give yourselves some refreshing water to drink later on in the day.
  • Wet wipes and hand sanitizer
  • Sunscreen and Bug Spray
  • Sunglasses and hats
  • Games and beach toys


Step 3: Make sure you have a day to recover 

Of course, spending a day out celebrating with friends and family can be tiring. You’ve been out in the sun all day partaking in lots of fun Fourth of July activities and, if you stayed for the fireworks, you and your kids probably stayed up well past your bedtimes. The best way to deal with this family-wide exhaustion is to keep your schedule for July 5th absolutely clear. Leave some muffins and juice out on the counter so your kids can have some breakfast without having to wake you up, and leave out some toys that they can play with to keep themselves entertained until you wake up.