Recently updated on July 5th, 2023

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It’s time to celebrate America’s birthday! Independence Day is almost here, so it’s time to gear up for some incredible parades and fireworks displays to make you go, “Ooh and Ahh.” From chairs or mats for seating to decorations and the tools needed for grilling, there are so many items you will need to make your celebration an unforgettable one. Here are some Fourth of July essentials to make your celebration pop!

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You can’t have Fourth of July festivities without patriotic decorations! From flags and buntings to tablecloths, pool floaties, and star-shaped string lights, we’ve got everything you need to show your spirit.

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Seating for Everyone

Whether you plan to set up chairs or lay down mats or towels on a grassy lawn or beach, make sure you have comfortable seating for everyone. Chairs are an excellent option for comfortable seating, while mats or towels are perfect for a large group. Plus, they’re easy to carry, and you can set them up anywhere. 

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Bug Spray

Bugs can be a menace, especially on humid summer days. Keep pesky mosquitoes and other insects at bay by packing some insect repellent. Apply generously before and during the party, especially if you spend the evening outside. 

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When you’re outside in the sun, it’s easy for drinks and food to spoil. A cooler will keep your drinks and food cold, and for a larger party, consider setting up multiple coolers to have easy access to beverages and snacks.

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S’mores Supplies

S’mores are now an iconic part of many summer celebrations, and it wouldn’t feel like the Fourth of July without them. Make sure you pack sticks, marshmallows, graham crackers, and chocolate to have a delicious s’mores feast.

Where to Find Your Local Fireworks Shows

Interested in finding the best fireworks in your area but don’t know where to start? Here are some ideas to help you start your search. 

  1. City or County Websites: Many cities and towns have dedicated spots on their websites outlining Fourth of July celebrations, including fireworks displays. 
  2. Social Media: Keep an eye on social media pages or handles dedicated to your city or county. Active accounts may post details about celebrations, locations, and times for fireworks displays.
  3. Local News Outlets: Your local news stations will have the latest information about Fourth of July celebrations, including parades and fireworks displays.
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Tips for Staying Safe Around Fireworks

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While fireworks can be fun and incredibly enjoyable, they can also be dangerous when handled incorrectly. Below are vital safety tips that you should keep in mind before handling any fireworks.

  1. Always Follow Local Laws: Be cautious and aware of the laws and regulations governing your area relating to fireworks, and stick to them. States and cities have different laws, so perform due diligence about your area.
  2. Adult Supervision: Children can be tempted to pick up firecrackers or throw them without understanding the possible harm. Make sure an adult is always present and supervising when children are handling fireworks.
  3. Firework Designation: Fireworks come in different shapes and sizes; some are designed for professional displays, and some are made for personal use. Make sure the fireworks you use are designated for personal use in your area.
  4. Keep a Safe Distance: It’s always wise to keep a safe distance from where the fireworks are set to detonate. Make sure you read the package recommendation for the appropriate distance and follow it strictly.

Fourth of July celebrations aren’t complete without the essentials like decorations, bug spray, coolers, s’mores supplies, tailgating stuff, and finding local fireworks shows. Stop by your local Ocean State Job Lot for your Fourth of July supplies and enjoy getting more for less. Have a wonderful Independence Day, and make unforgettable memories!