Read the following tips for making the 4th of July celebration eco-friendly:
1. Have a BYOB neighborhood block party.
Invite neighbors to a ‘Bring Your Own Bike’ party. Instead of driving gas hog SUVs, have everyone decorate their bikes and ride them to the party. Celebrate the holiday by having a neighborhood bike parade down your street. Invite parade spectators to waive the flag, or other eco-friendly streamers as the bike riders pass by.
2. Go on a ‘Fruits and Berry Happy 4th of July’ outing.
Grab the gang and car pool to a local farm to pick seasonal patriotic berries, like strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries. Gather an assortment to top off all of the Yankee Doodle desserts. Don’t forget the watermelon!
3. Host an eco-friendly BBQ.
Serve veggie burgers or burgers made from grass fed organic beef. Expand menu offerings with fresh corn on the cob, tomatoes, spinach, carrots, peaches, and other local favorites from the nearby farmer’s market. If the BBQ goes toward dusk or into the evening, have on hand DEET-free bug spray or patriotic citronella lanterns, available at many natural food stores. The handy, dandy lanterns are just the thing to chase away mosquitos, who might decide to crash the red, white, and blue extravaganza.
4. Host an organic beer and fruity drink tasting event.
When raising a glass in honor of the 4th, consider stocking up on eco-friendly organic beer. Make apple or watermelon martinis and vodka watermelon for the ladies. For those patriots who prefer non-alcoholic beverages, offer them a simple, 4th of July cooler which is a real thirst quencher. In a gallon pitcher combine 2 parts purple grape juice to 1 part lemonade. The drink looks great in a punch bowl with an ice ring.
5. Have a beach blanket blowout.
If it’s too far to head to the beach, be eco-friendly on the 4th of July and host a beach party. Invite guests to bring beach blankets to spread out on the lawn. Nothing says ‘Americana’ more than old Frankie Valley/Annette Funicello, and Elvis beach movies projected onto an outdoor screen or an outdoor flat screen. When the time arrives, switch over to the Boston Pops, or watch the night sky to catch a glimpse of local fireworks displays in your area. End the evening by gathering around a fire pit to sing along to favorite patriotic songs such as America the Beautiful, The Battle Hymn of the Republic, God Bless America, and Proud to Be an American.