Preparing for the Fourth of July


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For most people, preparing for the Fourth of July means figuring out which household is going to host the annual block party, what side dish you are going to bring, or where you are all going to watch the fireworks.

But if you are hosting the Fourth of July party this year, there are a number of things to consider to make sure you keep your home--and your guests--safe and ensure everyone has a great time.




The Fourth of July is all about fun, friends, fireworks…and food. Leave the fuss for a less-relaxed holiday and go for simple and proven: barbecued ribs are always a winner, especially here in Texas. And you can’t go wrong with burgers, hot dogs, salads, and chips and dips. For some added Texas flair, chili is always a hit.

For desert, go festive and simple at the same time—with a red, white, and blue cake. Make it yourself, or for a real timesaver, a store-bought white cake can easily be turned into a patriotic masterpiece with a few handfuls of berries on top. Or, go single-serving with these Martha Stewart cupcakes. Texas tip: add a star on top and call ‘em Cowboy Cupcakes.


Whether or not you’re hosting a get-together, the Fourth of July is a prime time to show your patriotism. Choose an American flag in your preferred size or style. You can find a slew of Fourth of July décor and party supplies at Oriental Trading, ranging from tablewear to patriotic wigs. Looking to incorporate a bit of Americana into your home year-round? You’re not alone. The Huffington Post says the trend towards all things Americana has been growing in recent years.

Firework safety

Locally sponsored fireworks shows in SouthStar Communities' cities, like those in New Braunfels’ Landa Park near Vintage Oaks, in Cedar Park near Lake Ridge , or College Station’s annual George Bush Presidential Library and Museum July 4 celebration near King Oaks, observe fire safety laws. If you are planning to have any form of fireworks in your home, be aware of state laws, and also check with the State Fire Marshall. And, if you’re in an area that is prone to wildfires, make sure you clear the brush on and around your property, and also have fire extinguishers and fire retardants handy just in case.

Dog safety

People love fireworks. But dogs…significantly less so. In fact, The Dog Whisperer himself, Cesar Milan, says that more pets run away and are lost on the 4th of July than any other day. To help dogs cope with what can be a very stressful event, experts recommend:

• Leaving dogs at home during fireworks displays

• Providing a safe and comfortable place within your home where you dog can go to escape neighborhood firework noise

• Making sure your dog has proper identification in case he or she gets out

In addition, you can look into a product like ThunderShirt if your dog is one of the estimated 5 to 15 million that suffers from noise anxiety.

No matter how you choose to spend your Fourth of July, with a little attention to detail, your holiday can be more festive than ever.