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How to Prep Your Yard for Fourth of July Celebrations

How to Prep Your Yard for Fourth of July CelebrationsHappy Fourth of July! If you are hosting a backyard barbecue or a firework viewing party at your home this year, learn how to celebrate America’s birthday in style with these preparation tips.

Lighting

When it comes to Fourth of July lighting, there are so many different options to choose from. From red, white, and blue icicle lights and LED rope lights to more kitschy American flag and starlight sphere shaped lighting décor, add some novelty and patriotism to your property using these lighting options.

Use patriotic red, white and blue icicle and string lights. Sticking with typical holiday theme colors and accents will elevate your casual backyard barbecue and create an inviting atmosphere. Certainly all of your guests will know which house is hosting the party!

Red, white, and blue rope lighting is another great option for Fourth of July this year. You can buy over one hundred feet and get as creative as you want! You can use the rope lights to create your own custom shapes, such as spelling out U-S-A or creating the outline of a flag on the fence or wall. Durable for the outdoors, rope lighting is fun and functional.

Color-changing bulbs and string lights that cycle from red and blue will add a different take on traditional icicle flair. They add a lively touch, shifting from red to blue throughout the night.

String lights in the shape of stars and flags are super cute. These can be put inside or outside to create instant theme-worthy displays.

Patriotic paper lantern string lights are always a hit. They have a homey feel that also provide comfortable lighting. String them up in the backyard over the outdoor table and seating area.

Consider adding some novelty décor. When it comes to holiday celebrations, the more festive the better. Why not add fun lighting pieces, like American flag-shaped yard décor and USA starlight spheres that can be hung from trees for added patriotic bling. Novelty lighting is always perfect to create the ambiance for family and friend get togethers. It’s typical to see lighted snowmen, reindeer and other lawn accessories at Christmas, this could be the year you celebrate with similarly novel spirit for Independence Day!

Beat the Bugs

Most likely the entire party will be outdoors. How do you keep the bugs away? Be prepared to help your guests beat the bugs with sprays, citronella candles, and bug lights.

Although some unsolicited insects may still find their way in, you can reduce the number of bugs with these tips:

Use bug-deterring lights and candles. Most insects are attracted to heat signatures more than light sources. That’s why hot incandescent bulbs attract more bugs than cooler LED bulbs (Battle of the Bulbs). Use citronella candles and torches along with mosquito repellent lights and lanterns.

Get rid of stagnant water. Mosquitoes and other insects LOVE standing water. Before the party, make sure there isn’t any water gathered in garbage pan lids, toys, flowerpots, or any other container. Learn how to improve the drainage around your home to avoid standing water and basement flooding.

Use bug repellent sprays and sunscreen. Bug repellant sunscreen and sprays are probably the best way to deter mosquitoes and other insects. Make sure you follow the instructions carefully and reapply as needed.

Wear strategic clothing. Insects love sweat and bacteria, so consider wearing high-top sneakers, high socks, and lightweight, light-colored clothing that cover your arms and legs.

Pre-treat the outdoor space. A day before the big outdoor soirée, consider pre-treating the outdoor space with a backyard bug repellant spray that connects to your garden hose. Follow the directions carefully as these types of products can potentially damage plants and lawns.

If you are hosting a large get-together, you may want to consider renting tents with mosquito nets.

Learn how to make a heavy duty mosquito trap.

Stay Cool!

The Fourth of July is always hot! While you may have the day off, your air conditioner still has to work. Try giving your A/C a vacation by using these tips for staying cool:

Take a dip. If you have a pool, take a dip to stay cool. If you don’t have a pool on the property, check out all of the community swimming pools, local swimming holes, and public beaches.

Use the BBQ. When cooking hot meals in the summer, use your BBQ over the indoor oven/stove. Not only is it traditional to cook hot dogs, hamburgers, and chicken on the grill for the Fourth of July, it’s also a great way to save money on air conditioning and energy costs. Use the kitchen for cold meals, such as salads, fruit bowls, and antipasti.

Find and create shade. Being in the direct sun makes it feel around 10 to 15 degrees hotter than it actually is. If you are looking for a place to cool off, find a grassy area in the shade. If you don’t have a nice shady oasis for guests and have a garage, consider opening it up and placing some chairs and refreshments in there. Learn how to strategically use blinds and shades to block the sun’s rays from unnecessarily heating up your home.

Make sure the air conditioning is working. Be sure your air conditioner is working inside your home for when everyone needs to escape the backyard heat for a bit. For pre-holiday air conditioning services, contact Gold Medal Service (we’re available 24/7).

If you have not scheduled your annual air conditioning maintenance appointment for the summer, what are you waiting for? It’s the best way to reduce operating costs, improve indoor air quality, and extend the lifespan of your system (sometimes even doubling it).

Plumbing

Any large get-together presents a risk to your plumbing system. In order to prevent plumbing problems during your Fourth of July Party, remember to:

Keep guests away from the garbage disposal. Some people have more powerful garbage disposals than others. To prevent garbage disposal clogs, use paper plates and garbage bins rather than your disposal to get rid of food waste. Consider taping up the garbage disposal switch or displaying a sign to use the garbage instead… better safe than sorry!

Place a sign near your toilet. Instruct guests to only flush human waste and toilet paper down the toilet. Anything else should be thrown in the trash. Make sure the trashcan is available and empty. Find a new place for items that could accidentally be knocked into the toilet.

Make sure propane tanks are full and gas lines are working. Nobody want to be in a situation where the grill or oven is not working.

Learn more plumbing tips for parties and large gatherings.

If you experience any plumbing or appliance problems, don’t hesitate to contact Gold Medal Service. We are here for you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year—including the Fourth of July.

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Happy Fourth of July!

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