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Throwing an 'Unforgettable Fourth of July Party'

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July 4, 2014 9:07 AM EST

Every July 4, Americans celebrate their official day of independence. People go to the streets to watch parades, fireworks and other spectacles featuring the blue, red and white colors.

REUTERS/Larry Downing
American flags flap in the wind at the Cannon Ball Flag Day celebration at the Cannon Ball Powwow Grounds on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota

If you're planning to throw an Independence Day themed party, ensure it is worth remembering:

1. Ask everyone to wear costumes.

Send out invitations that match the themed party and ask all your guests to wear colonial style clothes and other accessories to have a fun time. You can assign people to wear red, blue and white or look for old coats, wigs and uniforms that date back centuries ago when the Declaration of Independence was first written.

2. Play games.

Parlor games will help people get acquainted and stave off boredom. Some of the most interesting games include historical pageants, hotdog-eating contests and memory and trivia games. Incorporate the overall theme of the party to match. You can also tell stories about how the first Independence Day occurred to educate both children and adults.

3. Serve the right American food.

Your Fourth of July party should have a lot of food and drinks that suit the occasion. Some of the popular options include popcorn, hamburgers, hotdog sandwiches, apple pies, corndogs, bacon or even turkey. Decorate these with the right tones to make the table more festive.

4. Have the right music.

Play songs by the most famous American artists by decade. Music will naturally make people adjust into the room and adds to the pleasant atmosphere. Also, set-up colorful lights and banners to make the place as lively as possible.

5. Do some fireworks.

Fourth of July parties are never complete without a fireworks display. You can either host the party by the lake or park where guests can watch a full array of fireworks. You may also buy a few packages of fireworks to set up in your own backyard. Take as many photos as possible or capture the entire event with a video camera so you can watch every now and then.

Choosing the right venue will make for a perfect Independence Day party. Many people prefer to host it outdoors so you have more space and the best summer weather.

(Photo: REUTERS/Larry Downing / )
American flags flap in the wind at the Cannon Ball Flag Day celebration at the Cannon Ball Powwow Grounds on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota
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