4th of July 101 | Family + Friends + Food = Fun

Happy Monday everyone! In just two short days we will be celebrating the 4th of July. This is one of my favorite holidays, as it never fails to bring family, food, and fun together right in the middle of my favorite season.

To help you celebrate this year, we’re doing a full run-down of all things Independence Day. From history to recipes, to game ideas- we have you covered. So without further ado, let’s get goin’!


According to the History Channel, “the 4th of July – also known as Independence Day – has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution.” On July 2nd, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence. Just two days later the delegates from the 13 colonies came together to adopt the Declaration of Independence, which is why we celebrate on July 4th.


Easy Country Living put together a great list of July 4th recipes, perfect for a family BBQ or a more traditional dinner. We picked out some of our favorites and linked them below. 

Bourbon BBQ Pork Chops 

Photo caption: Easy Country Living


Lemon Veggie Kabobs

Photo Credit: Easy Country Living

Kale Ceaser Pasta Salad 

Photo Credit: Easy Country Living

Creamy Potato Salad 

Photo Credit: Easy Country Living



Now, if your family is anything like mine you are probably going to try and spend some time outdoors. That being said, us Houstonians are also supposed to get some rain come Wednesday. So below are some of our favorite outdoor and indoor games (some of which are featured in this article from Memorial Day) to keep your guests entertained alllll day long. 

Water Volleyball

Photo Credit: Home Depot

This set from Home Depot is only $40. This is such an easy game for those with access to a pool, because kids and adults can play (especially when the set’s height is adjustable) and no other equipment is needed. Plus, you get a nice little workout in to burn off those 4th of July calories…maybe.


Outdoor Twister

Photo credit: Britt + Co

This article from Brit + Co has a ton of good ideas for outdoor activities, but this is one of my favorite. Twister is a tried and true favorite among kids and adults (but maybe more so for the kids) and this is a great way to revamp a classic. Just use some spray paint to create these dots, and you’ll have a full game ready to be played right in your backyard…no mat required!


Speak Out

Photo credit: Walmart

If you haven’t played the Speak Out game yet, it is time you check it out! This hilarious game from Ellen Degeneres has each player insert a mouthpiece and then try to speak, while others try and guess the word being said. This game really is fun for the whole family, making it great for both the oldest and youngest in your family. Buy it here.



Photo credit: NY Mag

The best part about Telestrations is really the ability to play with as many players as you want. This game is a spin-off of the “telephone game,” where the first play starts by drawing a card and getting assigned a word or subject. In this game, players sketch what they draw, and then pass it on. The remaining players guess what the drawing is, and then draw their own sketches of what they’ve guessed. It is recommended for 4-6 players, but you can just make multiple teams which allows a lot more players to be involved! Buy it here.

We hope your 4th of July celebrations are already off to a good start, and that you join us in using this day (and week) to enjoy the freedom we have in this great country. We often forget the meaning of this holiday and focus on all the recipes and games and outfits (which don’t get me wrong, are great too)- but at the heart of it all is our desire to celebrate the privilege of living in the United States of America. May we not take it for granted, but celebrate it this week and every day after! 


  • It’s almost the 4th of July….mid summer….what???…what are you guys doing? We are expecting one of my step-daughters with her husband and college-age boys on the 3rd. If the weather cooperates, we have a fun 4th planned. Meanwhile, it is hot and humid in Florida.
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