Red, White, and Ready to Celebrate: Hosting on the 4th of July

Red, White, and Ready to Celebrate: Hosting on the 4th of July

The fireflies are blinking, the days are stretching longer, and the sound of fireworks crackling in the distance can only mean one thing: the 4th of July is just around the corner! This year, ditch the stress and embrace the fun with Southern Tide. We're here to help you create unforgettable memories, whether you're planning a backyard barbecue with friends, a lakeside adventure with the family, a friendly golf game, or a night of fireworks. So grab your red, white, and blue, dust off your festive spirit, and get ready to celebrate Independence Day in style and comfort!

4th of July Party Ideas for Every Gathering

The 4th of July is all about celebrating freedom and family. Whether you envision a sprawling backyard bash or a cozy gathering with close friends, we have you covered. Here are some ideas to inspire your festive hosting:

Backyard Bash: Fire up the grill and invite the neighborhood for a classic backyard barbecue and pool day. Be sure to have the classic backyard games like cornhole and frisbee to keep the fun going all afternoon. Set the scene with decorative floats and poolside drinks. We have some personal festive favorites for the occasion that will cover the red, white, and blue:

Red: Shirley Temple 

 A perfect drink for guests of all ages to enjoy. It also requires very little ingredients and assembly, keeping your celebration simple. Check out our go-to recipe here.

White: White Wine Spritzer

A refreshing, batch cocktail that only requires three ingredients. Made in a pitcher, it will be easy and accessible for guests to enjoy throughout the day. Find some inspiration with this recipe.

Blue: Mermaid Lemonade

You'll bring all the tropical vibes, and the blue, to the function with this recipe. Another batch cocktail that allows you to assemble and serve with ease. If you’re looking for summer in a glass, check out this cocktail

Now that you have the perfect drinks, don't forget to have the snacks to go with. Our go to patriotic snack is a strawberry, blueberry, and marshmallow skewer. This snack is easy to grab and go for all the day’s activities. 

No backyard party is complete without a classic swimsuit. Shop our collection of navy blue swimwear for women or nautical men's swim trunks for the patriotic gentleman.

Lakeside Lounging: Throw on your red, white, or blue swimsuit and embrace the summer sun by the lake this 4th of July. Pack a picnic basket with refreshing drinks and easy finger foods, get your ultimate summer playlist going, and celebrate in the sun.  Whether you take the boat out or hang out on the dock, enjoy a day spent by the water with good food and good friends. P.S. Southern Tide our Coastal Breeze collection is full of quick dry, wicking styles topped off with UV protection to let you enjoy your boat day sub-burn free.

Fairway Festivities: Whether you're a seasoned golfer or a casual weekend player, a festive round with friends and family can be a fantastic way to spend the holiday - and let’s be honest, there’s nothing like a little friendly competition. A perfect occasion to treat yourself to a new outfit for the course. Get inspired by the holiday and check out our performance polo shirts for the golf course. Our classic Brrr®-die Shorts are ideal for taking you from tee to green with cooling technology to help you beat the summer heat. Set up a putting challenge, closest-to-the-pin contest, or a classic team scramble, and enjoy the day with your favorite people and favorite game!




Now that you have some party inspiration, it’s time for outfit inspiration.

With the perfect party planned, you need to have the perfect outfit to match. Head over to our blog post, "What To Wear for the 4th of July," where we break down stylish and comfortable looks for a day at the beach, a backyard barbecue, or even a fun boat trip for a guide to celebrating America's birthday in good fashion! Our goal is to take the stress out of party AND outfit planning this 4th of July. 

Red, White, & Ready to Celebrate: Must-Haves for Your 4th of July Party

Get ready to host a star-spangled spectacular! This checklist has everything you need to throw a memorable Fourth of July party.

  • Speaker: Every occasion deserves the perfect playlist. (P.S. Queue up curated summer tunes for any 4th of July celebration with the Southern Tide Summer Playlist.)
  • Sunscreen: Make sure you protect your skin from your day in the sun, whether you’re on the course or the water. 
  • Towels: For when you take a swim in the pool or for tanning by the lake. 
  • Bathing Suit: Perfect for taking a cooling dip in the water or if a spontaneous belly-flop competition breaks out (always be prepared!).
  • Hat: Block your face from the hours you will be spending in the sun.
  • Cooler: Important for keeping your beverages cold all day.
  • Camera: Capture all the memories of the day.
  • Fun floats: An easy way to add decoration for your get-together.
  • Favorite food and beverages: Bring your favorite all-American food to your function.
  • Fireworks: Keep the party going into the night with fireworks (Be sure to check out your local laws, first!
  • Good company: The most important part of the day, because what better way to celebrate than with those you love!


Let's not forget, the Fourth of July is all about celebrating freedom with friends and family. You want to look your best, but you also want to feel relaxed and comfortable throughout the festivities. Southern Tide's collection offers the perfect blend of style and comfort, ensuring you'll be ready for anything the day throws your way. With these outfit inspirations, party ideas, and hosting essentials, you're well on your way to throwing an epic Fourth of July celebration. So grab your Southern Tide gear, get creative with your decorations, and prepare to celebrate America's birthday in style! 

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