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The Fourth of July Checklist

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July 4th is right around the corner, and that means it’s time for the biggest party of the summer. Prepping for a large party can be daunting, so we’ve created this checklist to help ensure your Fourth of July party goes off without a hitch.

Food and grill. After all, what’s a party without food? If you’re hosting a 4th of July party, it’s probably outdoors and that means grilling.

  • Make sure to have all your meats ready for the grill. That means bought, defrosted, marinated.
  • Bite-sized snacks like chips are a must. Dip is always a good idea, too.
  • Stock up on refreshments.
  • If you’re hosting a potluck, make sure people have what they’re supposed to bring.
  • If you still find yourself caught up with party preparations with no time to get last minute groceries, you can get a Tasker’s help.
  • Clean your grill. Unless you barbecue often, chances are it could use some scrubbing.
  • Check if you have all your grilling supplies and that the grill works. You don’t want to run out of propane or coal or have it malfunctioning the day of.
  • Have enough cutlery for your guests. More likely than not you’ll be providing plastic tableware and paper plates, so be sure to have plenty.

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Backyard. Your guests will be spending most of their time outside, so it should look nice.

  • Trim your lawn and weeds.
  • Sweep up leaves, dirt, and other debris.
  • Have ample lawn chairs for your guests. If you’re expecting a big party, make sure there are enough seats for everyone!
  • In a similar vein, have some tables for people to put their food on.
  • If you haven’t already, clean your chairs and tables. Spiderwebs aren’t the most welcoming sight.
  • If you have a fire pit, check if you have enough firewood. You might want to have skewers for hot dogs and s’mores too.

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House. Although the party will be outside for the most part, people will be coming inside if it gets chilly as the evening progresses and for the bathroom.

  • Clean up. Vacuum the floor, couches, anything that might be dustier than you’d like. You might even want to scrub down your bathroom.
  • Reorganize and rearrange furniture and belongings. This means fixing rugs, putting the couches in the right place, and putting away old newspapers.
  • Kitchen check: aside from cleaning, ensure your sink and dishwasher are working and definitely not full of dirty plates.

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Decorations. A Fourth of July party won’t feel right without the proper decorations.

  • Buy red, white and blue decor. Lawn pinwheels, streamers, banners, flags.
  • A tablecloth or centerpiece can always spruce up a table.
  • String lights always add extra charm to an environment. They’ll also come in handy as the sky darkens.

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Activities. A party isn’t much without some entertainment.

  • Come up with some games your guests can play while waiting for food.
  • If your yard is big enough and you’ve got kids coming over, water balloons and squirt guns will provide plenty of entertainment. Fill them up beforehand.
  • Fireworks are quintessential to a Fourth of July celebration. Whether it’s watching them on TV, in person, setting off firecrackers, or lighting sparklers, make sure they’re part of your event.

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Pool. If you’ve got a pool, chances are it will be the main attraction second to only the food (especially if kids are involved). 

  • Clean the pool. You can’t have people swimming unless it’s properly cleaned and filtered.
  • Have pool noodles and floaties on hand.

Don’t wait until the last minute. Kick off your Fourth of July with the help of a Tasker.

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