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    7 Ways to Prepare for the Fourth of July

    1. Hang Up a Flag

    First things first: No patriotic scene is complete without Old Glory.

    2. Create a Casual Spot for Entertainment

    Summer cookouts are best kept fuss-free, and the one for this holiday celebration is no different.

    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.

    6. Let Everyone Play Outside

    Your yard can be the envy of the neighborhood with the addition of a few games suited to all ages and abilities.

    7. 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.

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