Feature Image by Eric Nopanen

As America prepares to celebrate Independence Day, the countdown for the elaborate firework displays across the country begins. While you’re stocking up on firecrackers and lawn chairs to get a good view, don’t forget to take advantage of the rest of the holiday’s fun festivities. The daylight hours of July 4 are chock-full of fun-in-the-sun activities and events for your families and friends.

So grab your pals, warm up the grill, and load up on sunscreen and celebrate the red, white, and blue, with one of the activities below.

Throw a pool party
What better way to spend the Fourth than poolside with some cool drinks and great beats? Good vibes only, please!

Warm up the grill
Grilled food is synonymous with this American summer holiday. Fire up the grill and make some of your family and friends’ favorite summer staple foods. Don’t forget veggie kabobs for your vegetarian and vegan friends!

Go to an outdoor concert or festival
In a lot of cities, there are a number of festivities to commemorate the historical importance of July 4 in the morning and afternoon. Check your city or town’s local website for information about concerts, kid-friendly events, parades, and fairs to attend during the day.

Grab ice cream
There’s nothing like cooling off in the summer heat with your favorite ice cream. Bonus points if you can find an ice cream truck on this busy holiday! It will make for an Instagrammable moment.

Head to the beach
If you’re lucky enough to live within a few hours of driving distance from the beach, then take advantage of it. Go soak up the sun, but beware of large crowds.

Make a fun holiday craft
Looking for something you can do right at home? Invite friends over to make a fun holiday craft. Pinterest is full of July 4 craft ideas that you can turn into an afternoon activity.

xx, The FabFitFun Team