Well, June has come to an end and just like that we are already 1/3 of the way through the summer! Since June felt more like April this year it may be hard to believe that the 4th of July is right around the corner! This is a great holiday to celebrate our country, spend time with family and friends as well as get outdoors and take advantage of the summer weather.

If you are hosting this year, it’s always nice to get some help on how to prepare and have a list to check-off so when the day comes, YOU can relax and have a little fun as well! Our friends at This Old House did just that! Here is a preview of their list of how to prep your home for the 4th:

1. Hang Up a Flag

First things first: No patriotic scene is complete without Old Glory. Whether you want to install a front-entry flagpole or place an in-ground flagpole in your yard, make sure you follow the Flag Code, which states the proper guidelines for displaying the American flag.

We’ve made the Flag Code rules easy to follow: Flag Hanging Dos and Don’ts.

2. Create a Casual Spot for Entertaining

Summer cookouts are best kept fuss-free, and the one for this holiday celebration is no different. A classic picnic table is the perfect outdoor dining spot for hosting friends and family. It takes only one weekend to build your own out of rough-sawn cedar, but it will last for years.

Watch the steps: How to Build a Classic Picnic Table

3. Plan Your Menu

If you haven’t already done so this year, give your grill an annual checkup to ensure safe, efficient cooking. For details, see: Get Your Grill Ready for the Barbecue Season.

Tired of the same old burgers and hot dogs? Don’t be afraid to try your hand at cooking with a charcoal smoker. For those who are truly passionate about BBQ, the investment is well worth it.

To see the rest of the list you can read the whole article HERE.


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