Happy 237th Birthday, America! Top 10 Fourth of July Party Ideas


No pie eating people No pie eating people can be permanently vanquished.”  -The New York Times, 1902. 

In a little less than a month, America is turning 237 years old! :) Whether you’re celebrating our country’s birthday by cruisin’ the shining seas, stuffing yourself with delicious ol’ American apple pie, or taking rounds at the dunking booth to keep yourselves cool, fund it on Crowdtilt! We’ll help you easily crowdfund your celebration online, so that you spend more time making memories with your loved ones. 

There’s something timeless about Fourth of July parades and fireworks. But if you’re looking for something a bit more special than the quintessential cookout and public firework shows, you’re in the right place! Here are some tips for throwing the best Fourth of July party ever, straight from our community of creative tilters! :)  


1. Enjoy America’s shining seas!

Cruise the open waters with a sailboat or party barge, and enjoy the feel of summery sunshine, sea and breeze! 




2. Lakehouse retreat:

Make memories filled with fireworks, drinks, boating and beautiful views!

Check out Rex and his friends’ smashing plans for their weekend complete with a costume party, drinks and food, private fireworks, and of course, a maid to clean it all up afterwards… Rex, we like the way you think! ;) . This party has so much awesomeness in it!! 


3. Looking for a great escape away from the water?

Rent a vacation home for the dry-land bash of the summer! Daniel and his friends collected $1,588 in no time for their Charleston rental deposit …and we’re really looking forward to the stories that come out of this one! With a name like “The Real World Charleston,” we’re wondering if their weekend will be hoping that their weekend isn’t too filled with the prejudice, unrequited love, and catfights of its namesake… ;)  


4. Tease your appetite: 

Spice up your traditional cookout by holding it on a rooftop, pairing it with a rodeo or fair-going festivities, or buying a homebrew to make your own ridiculously delicious beer with your buddies!

Think you can top Stephanie’s rooftop BBQMaddy’s pre-rodeo cookoff, or Colin and company’s Dallas homebrew


5. Have a drink-mixing (and drinking) contest! 

Trim your cocktails with some firecracker-like red, white and blue pop rocks; make some patriotic cranberry/blueberry ice cubes; and whip up a blue margarita, red white and blue jello shots, or a patriotic pina coladaCheck out the recipes here


6. Fun and games:

 Get a dunking booth like Andrew’s to keep your guests entertained! 


7. More Fun and Games:

Check out these 28 Different Games to play for your Fourth of July BBQ

8. Be vintage. Make some ice cream and homemade root beer!

Plain vanilla ice cream: 

Plain Vanilla Ice Cream

2 cups heavy cream (1 pint)
2 cups light cream (1 pint)
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/8 tsp. salt

Pour cream directly into cream can. Add sugar, vanilla, and salt. Stir with a wooden spoon or plastic spatula until the sugar is dissolved. Churn until creamy.


Root beer:  

5 gallons cold water
5 pounds white sugar
1 (2-oz) bottle root beer concentrate
5 pounds dry ice

Place 4 gallons of the cold water in a large container. Add sugar and stir until dissolved. Pour in root beer extract and mix. Add the dry ice and put the lid on loosely so the gas can escape. Let it “brew” for about 15 minutes. Add the last gallon of water and let brew for another 15 minutes.


9. Hit up the fireworks stands!

Light up the night by paying tribute to the “rockets bursting in air”! Fireworks are permitted in most states, but just to be safe, here’s a list of states where fireworks are legal! We’ve seen so many firework funds on our site, and we wonder what percentage of the fireworks this Independence Day will be tilted ones! :)  


10. Go to the parade!  

And buy one of those new-fangled polaroid cameras for $82, to capture beautiful shots of yourselves at the festivities! 


Have a safe, fun and memorable Fourth of July! :)  

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