4th of July Etiquette Tips

Going Boating, Attending a Picnic or Celebrating with Fireworks?

Posted by Liz Taylor Jun 28, 2011

With less than a week to go until the 4th of July (one of my all-time favorite holidays), I felt that a few 4th of July tips were in order.  This wonderful holiday not only honors the birthday of our beautiful country, it is also a day filled with boating, picnics, fireworks and a reason to wear red, white and blue.  It often marks a peak to the summer season and gives us all an excuse to build new summertime memories with friends and family.  More than likely, you will have many fun events to attend throughout the weekend, so we want to arm you with the following quick and easy tips:

Going Boating?  If you are boating with friends, please chip in for gas and always bring a cooler stocked with beverages and snacks to share.  Drink plenty of water throughout the day and watch your alcohol consumption – you don’t want your hosts to worry about guests falling overboard, creating noise violations, etc.

Attending a Picnic?  Bring a bowl of fruit, appetizer, dessert or something that your host will appreciate. A small hostess gift is also a must (I recently attended a dinner party and brought my hostess a small starfish-shaped serving bowl.   I recalled her saying that she adores serving dishes and with them living right on the water, this gift was perfect for her).

Celebrating with Fireworks?  If your neighbor or friend is hosting a fireworks display, have fun and enjoy the show, but don’t overstay your welcome.  This year, the 4th falls on a Monday night, which means your host probably wants to go to bed shortly after the conclusion of the fireworks, as work will quickly approach the following morning.  If you’re the host, ensure that you don’t shoot off fireworks into the wee hours of the night – your neighbors might have to be up early the next morning.  Also, be careful with the alcohol as you don’t want to be responsible for any type of firework-related accident (trust me, I’ve seen this happen and it wasn’t pretty).

Have fun, be safe and enjoy the holiday weekend!

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