1. Hang Up a Flag

First things first: No patriotic scene is complete without Old Glory. Whether you want to install a front-entry flagpole or place an in-ground flagpole in your yard, make sure you follow the Flag Code, which states the proper guidelines for displaying the American flag.

Here are few basic guidelines to keep in mind based on the U.S. Flag Code:

  • Always make sure the flag never touches the ground or anything below it.
  • Do not display the American flag in inclement weather, unless it’s an all-weather flag.
  • If you want to fly the flag after sunset, keep it well-lit.
  • When you hang the flag vertically on a flat surface, make sure the Union (blue section) is on the observer’s left.

2. Create a Casual Spot for Entertaining

Summer cookouts are best kept fuss-free, and the one for this holiday celebration is no different. A decorated table on your back deck is the perfect outdoor dining spot for hosting friends and family.

3. Plan Your Menu

If you haven’t already done so this year, give your grill an annual checkup to ensure safe, efficient cooking.

Tired of the same old burgers and hot dogs? Don’t be afraid to try your hand at cooking with a charcoal smoker. For those who are truly passionate about BBQ, the investment is well worth it.

4. Choose the Best Fuel for Your BBQ

Fast-lighting briquettes are convenient, but we prefer chemical-free options for fueling up, such as natural briquettes, hardwood lump charcoal, and hardwood logs.

5. Beat the Bugs

Don’t let mosquitoes or other stinging insects prevent you from enjoying the outdoor festivities. Fend them off with our nontoxic ways to keep mosquitoes out of your backyard BBQ.

  1. If you have mosquitoes at home, spray lavender oil in your bedroom or use any lavender-scented room freshener you can find.
  2. A study that was published in the Australian Journal of Entomology in 2010 showed that repellents which contain tea tree oil are exceptionally effective against mosquitoes.
  3.  Even though the smell of vanilla is really pleasant to us, mosquitoes can’t stand it. So, as always, all you have to do is make an all-natural vanilla spray.
  4. Black pepper protects your body from mosquitoes, flies, and other insects thanks to something called picaridin.
  5. Put water and apple cider vinegar in equal proportions in your spray bottle, spray on places where insects normally gather, and wait for the results.
  6. Whether you’re having a picnic outside or just want to get the mosquitoes out of your house for good, place a plate with soapy water nearby. After a few minutes, you’ll notice mosquitoes getting trapped in the bubbles and drowning.
  7. Growing some mint in your garden can also be a good solution against mosquitoes, while also providing you with a healthy natural addition to your diet.
  8.  If you don’t want to eat the stuff, you can also rub some garlic-scented lotion on your skin or use a garlic spray on your body, your home, or your yard.

6. Watch Some (Safe) Fireworks

What would the Fourth of July be without a fireworks display? Viewing a professional display is a fun community event and the safest way to enjoy the spectacle. But if some types of consumer fireworks are legal in your state, you may choose to set off your own. If that’s the case, it’s critical that you protect yourself and your family by knowing how to prevent a fire or an emergency room visit. Please keep children far away and NEVER let them light things. Be sure to use fireworks in a safe location with access to water should a fire break out.

Enjoy the 4th of July with friends and family again this year even more with these tips. If you want a deck built or replaced to have an outdoor space to enjoy all year long give us a call for a free quote at 828-212-0580!

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