Holidays are the perfect time to get together and spend quality time with your loved ones. The 4th of July is always a laid back holiday full of amazing food and fun outdoor activities. You also get to celebrate our country and our freedom, and what could be better than that? Many people go on trips to celebrate the 4th, but this year why not spend it at home and outdoors?
Read on for a few grilling and outdoor living tips to make your 4th of July weekend a hit!
Firing up the grill is a must for Independence Day, but it’s easy to fall into a rut with the same old burgers and hot dogs. Here are a few unique grilling recipes to try this weekend!
Kamado Joe’s recipe offers a slight twist on the usual grilled hamburger, without straying too far from the classic. The sautéed mushrooms give texture and additional flavor to the burger, and you can still add other toppings as you please. Caramelized onions would be a great addition to this burger.
If you love a Chicago style dog, this is the recipe for you! The 5 star Patagonian Hotdog is topped with sauerkraut, tomatoes and onions, as well as an avocado mayo that can be used on hamburgers and other meats!
These tomatoes just take minutes on the grill and come off warm and full of flavor. Filled with feta cheese, red peppers, olives and Greek dressing, these grilled stuffed tomatoes are sure to satisfy your taste buds. And even better, they’re so easy to make!
This red, white, and blue dessert is perfect for a 4th of July celebration. Memphis Grills’ recipe calls for a mix of fresh fruit, jello glaze and a little bit of rum. Top it with cool whip and you’re ready to go!
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The Perfect Outdoor Entertaining Space
Your outdoor space deserves so much more than just a grill! Outdoor entertaining calls for a true outdoor living area!
You can create a better outdoor living area with features like decorative stamped patios, built-in grills and storage, fire pits, outdoor fireplaces and much more. Smaller projects can include a simple built-in grill and storage while more extravagant projects can include any of the following amenities:
- Grill – gas, wood pellet or ceramic charcoal
- Side burner
- Outdoor refrigerator/freezer
- Beverage cooler
- Outdoor pizza oven
- And more!
The options are endless. The best part is that no matter what you choose you’ll not only be extending your family’s living space outdoors, but also increasing the overall value of your home!
If you’re looking to decorate your outdoor space for Independence Day, there are countless options available to you (in red, white and blue, of course).
While at least one American Flag is a must, try decorating with individual red, white and blue accents instead of buying everything covered in stars and stripes (for instance, you could decorate your table spread with white plates, red napkins and blue napkin weights for an understated 4th of July look).
For lighting, consider some outdoor string lights. These will light up your space, add character, and are a safe alternative to candles and torches. However, if you do decide to go with candles, make sure that you cover them with glass to avoid hazards and to prevent the wind from blowing them out.
And no Independence Day party would be complete without sparklers for the kids, so don’t forget to pick some up!
Make this 4th of July weekend memorable by firing up the grill and heading outdoors with family and friends!