Red, White, and Blue BBQ

America is about to celebrate its 240th birthday! The 4th of July is the most popular day to throw a pool party, so now is the time to begin planning the perfect event. It's a great time to enjoy BBQ, swimming, pool games, relaxing and most importantly - time with friends and family. To make this the best summer yet, we have all your red, white, and blue BBQ party tips in one place to spice up your holiday celebration. So grab your American flags, fire up the grill, and splash in the pool to celebrate Independence Day!

Decorations

The perfect decorations will create the mood for your party. We’ve collected our favorite Independence Day DIY decorations for you on our Pinterest board. If crafting isn’t up your alley, don’t fret. Make a visit to your local dollar store for festive décor – Plus, you’ll have an easy clean up!

Decorations aren’t just for your walls and tables, they’re also for your swimming pool! Lounge in your pool on the perfect patriotic raft or play a game of volleyball with floating star-spangled beach balls.

To light up the night, add floating, waterproof lighting for a fun touch to your walkways or pool such as a light-up ice bucket to make grabbing that late-night drink a little easier. For the final touch, enjoy our poolside jams playlist to keep the party going throughout the day.

Food

What’s a summer party without barbeque? Everyone loves a juicy burger or a perfectly grilled hotdog, but what about adding a unique flair to your grilling classics such as a chipotle dry rub or serving your hotdogs in a themed hotdog holder? Let your creativity shine through when planning your BBQ bash!

Or let your creativity shine by serving your hotdogs in a themed holder. Here are some templates you can print on cardstock to make your own:

  • Swimming Pool
  • 4th of July
  • Sunshine
  • Pool Water

It’s important to keep yourself and your guests hydrated when spending the day in the hot sun. Keeping a cold pitcher of lemon water or lemonade handy is a refreshing way to stay hydrated, and the kids will love the sweet drink! You can also try our tea recipes! Top off your day and meal with a whimsical treat. A s’mores bar is a fun way to create an easy and cheap dessert that everyone can customize. Line up the marshmallows, chocolate bars, graham crackers, and roasting sticks for your guests to grab. If you have any other treats on hand, add those as well, such as Nutella, sprinkles, or Reese's. Roast your marshmallows in thefire pit or over an open flame for the perfect summer treat.

From refreshing appetizers to mouth-watering desserts, we’ve collected our favorite pool party recipes for your 4th of July party.

Safety

With all the fun going on at your barbeque, be sure you don't forget the most important aspect – your safety. Here are a few reminders to enjoy your pool day accident-free:

  • Wear a hat and sunglasses to protect your face and neck
  • Seek shade when possible
  • Apply SPF 30+ water-resistant sunscreen every 2 hours
  • Use adult supervision around an open flame
  • A swimming pool should be supervised at all times
  • Remove your pool cover
  • No running around the pool area
  • Keep a phone nearby in case of emergency

For more swimming pool safety tips, visit www.swimmingpool.com/safety.

Now grab those swimsuits and jump into your red, white, and blue BBQ bash! Happy Independence Day!