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Jun 25th 2018

10 Ideas for an Unforgettable 4th of July College Party

The Fourth of July is supposed to be the best time to reflect on American history, and where Americans are heading into. The current zeitgeist should remind everyone that it might be now or never. Alas, the fourth of July happens in the middle of summer. No one wants to stay indoors (unless someone hasn't overgrown the summer reruns on television). College students rather like to keep it simple.

Summer is that time of the year when college students spend more time with their families. If they don't have enough quality time, then July 4 should give them plenty of opportunities to go out and enjoy their company. It's a stuff of good memories. Some families might overdo the celebrating, but it won't spoil anything.

You happen to be part of the celebration because you don't want to miss the fun. The bandwagon is not as bad as you think. (You forgot to ask your mother where she bought the chopping board. It shaped like America, so it wasn't hard to miss at all.) You expect your neighbor to give you a box of cupcakes, decorated with US flags and patriotic swirls. You're still embarrassed to ask the generous lady if it's from Georgetown Cupcake, though. Your mother insists on placing (white) stars all over the lawn, cut out from (white) sheets of paper. You're hesitant to do the task, as your creative side also likes to paint the grass with red and blue. It's a lot of work, and you don't know if you can beat the heat.

You're also thinking of having your own party, with your old buddies in the area. You don't mind your family joining the celebration. And you hope that your coursemate (or two) might be able to make it to the neighborhood on time. (You also like to make your other coursemates green with envy after posting some pictures on social media.) It could take a few minutes to come up with an idea. Ten good ideas might require you to ask for suggestions.

It Doesn't Get More Patriotic Than Red, White, and Blue

A marathon viewing of Marvel movies. Those who take the July 4 celebration seriously might raise their eyebrows at this suggestion, but it can't get better (or worse). "Ant-Man and the Wasp" is coming to your nearest theater, and you might have a vague recollection of "Ant-Man". Furthermore, the action scenes in "Captain America: Civil War" were the best (until "Avengers: Infinity War" came along). Most of the locations take place in America, so these superheroes are protecting the country. And no one has noticed a patch of yellow in their costumes.

Nothing like a cool Summer Shandy. The name itself would make it the right beer to cool off during the humid part of the fourth of July. You can also drink it while having a marathon viewing (of Marvel movies), if not munching on popcorn. No need to overdo it by coloring the popcorn with red and blue. There's an alternative to this one, though.

Bottles of soda. Take note of the Pepsi logo.

Healthy options for the health-conscious people. Think of barbecue, but substitute the burger patty with strawberries, blueberries, and marshmallows. It won't take an hour to prepare tens of it. You don't have to worry about your bloated, sweaty self after the festivity.

Bandana banner. If no one in the household has one, then you should ask your neighbors ahead of the big day. One long line of red, white, and blue bandanas would be good enough.

Red, white, and blue balloons to set the tone of the day. You're too lazy to decorate the house, but you want to keep the patriotic spirit alive (on the fourth of July). It won't be difficult to search for red, white, and balloons to lit up the room, if not to let your neighbors know that you're not a party pooper. If you do an online research for a minute or less, then you'll find out that you can purchase a hundred for eleven bucks. Not bad at all.

A 4th of July wreath on your front door. This should be your opportunity to show off your artistic side, even if you have slight trepidation of your parents not liking your own wreath. You have all the time to yourself. (Let's assume that you have outgrown your habit of procrastination.) If it does not meet their expectations, then remind yourself that it's the thought that counts the most. A pack of six patriotic pinwheels can also be bought online for less than 19 dollars.

American flag to remind your neighbors. Your parents must have a vintage flag that is hidden in the attic. If you don't have one, then you might ask someone from your alma mater. (This also applies to students who don't have to live in a dorm.) It should bring out your patriotic spirit.

Wear your red, white, and blue. This could take a minute or less. (A torn pair of jeans is not bad at all.) A dyed shirt might take you a longer time (to prepare it), if not a bit costly (if you buy it ahead of the celebration).

A series of games to test your knowledge of American history. You may skip the introductory part, where one might have to recall the soundtrack of "1776". It can be a recollection of the famous landmarks. (If you haven't been around the mainland, then a wild guess works most of the time.) Let's not confuse it with geography, though. If you like trivia (or useless information), then this is your chance to show off. Make sure that you can make Mom (or Dad) give you a gift if you win this one.

Items to Complement the Occasions

You can create Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty hats, if not buy a set (if you only have a short time to prepare it). Paper sparklers should keep the kids occupied. And someone in the area can bake a flag cake. The only thing missing is that moment of silence, where you can contemplate the true essence of the Fourth of July. It might be postponed for next week IF the topic shifts to “Ant-Man and the Wasp”.

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