10 Random-But-Useful Items to Level Up Your Fourth of July Party
As Covid-19 restrictions are gradually lifted and phrases like “mask up” and “six feet apart” leave our lexicon, we couldn’t think of a better way to commemorate our post-pandemic freedom than by going above and beyond for this year’s Fourth of July party. Sure, you may have upgraded your backyard with a getaway garden or gazebo, but those won’t keep the energy up through to the fireworks at night. That’s why we’ve gathered ten random but useful items that’ll bring your celebration to the next level and have everyone feeling ready to paaarty.
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1. Solo Stove Yukon Stainless Steel Wood-Burning Fire Pit and Stand
We all love making s’mores and roasting marshmallows (particularly with Stuffed Puffs, our latest obsession), but it kinda kills the experience when you’re bombarded by smoke from the outdoor firepit. Enter: The Solo Stove Bonfire, an easy-to-use fire pit that is sleek, stylish and smokeless. Jillian Quint, PureWow’s Editor-in-chief, gave this 93 out of 100 points in a PureWow review and says, “the result is a nearly smokeless burn, such that campfire sitters experience the warmth of a traditional fire, without any of the smoke-in-your-eyes effects.”
2. Wireless Waterproof Bluetooth Outdoor Rock Speakers (Set of 2)
If you’ve spent hours curating your party playlist, you’re going to want to make sure that everyone can hear it. These wireless, waterproof speakers are great for blasting music all night long, where each speaker lasts up to 30 hours per charge through its built-in rechargeable batteries. Plus, they’re designed to look like rocks, so you won’t need to worry about throwing off your backyard’s aesthetic with a chunky black speaker.
3. Kodak Large Inflatable Projector Screen
No fireworks? No problem. This inflatable projector screen is perfect for streaming movies, TV and fireworks shows if your landlord doesn’t allow the real deal. The screen comes equipped with a handy carrying case, stakes, repair patches and an air pump—and it quickly inflates, deflates and fits into a standard-size outlet.
4. O2Cool Beverage and Wine Clip
Small but mighty, this smart clip is the perfect gadget to have when you’re entertaining. Guests can simply clip this on a table or chair to have a handy way to store their drinks without any spills. (Oh, and it includes a built-in snack tray.)
5. Pool Central 43.25-Inch LED Floating Lounger
The fun doesn’t have to stop when the sun goes down with this LED Floating Lounger. Perfect for a nighttime pool party, this clear float comes with 15 color-changing LED lights that flip on with an easy-to-reach switch.
6. Snowie™ Little Snowie 2 Shaved Ice Machine
Snow cones for the kids, frozen margs for the adults… what more could you ask for? The machine uses regular ice from your freezer to whip up the perfect snow cone, slushy or daiquiri. The package comes with a few flavored syrup samples for you to test out, and we recommend that you start with some red, white and blue for a festive touch.
7. Pure Garden Solar Mosquito Bug Zapper Light
I think we can all agree: Mosquitos are the enemy of any summertime hangout. One minute you’re partying with your friends, and the next, you can’t stop scratching your ankles. Well, this outdoor light is the answer to your problem. Not only does this weatherproof outdoor light keep the bugs away, but it’s also solar-powered and requires no plug-in electricity.
8. Saro Lifestyle Striped Patriotic Chindi 72-Inch Table Runner in Red/White/Blue
What would the Fourth be without some patriotic red, white and blue? If you’re not into balloons or brightly colored napkins from Party City, this table runner is the perfect way to incorporate some festive decor without sacrificing ~style~.
9. Ooni Koda Pizza Oven
Everyone loves pizza, but there’s nothing that hits quite like homemade pizza *chefs kiss*. Less expensive than traditional wood-fired ovens, this outdoor pizza oven produces restaurant-quality pizza in just 60 seconds and uses one-touch gas ignition to turn on the heat. “It is FAST, cooking at 900 degrees Fahrenheit.” says one reviewer. “Ooni cooks within minutes, and waiting for the piping hot pizza with the right amount of char is no problem…we baked one while we were building the next one.”
10. W Home Hanging Indoor/Outdoor String Lights in White
Every seasoned party thrower knows that you *need* string lights when you’re entertaining outside, but these are on a whole different level. We love how this eight-light set instantly adds charm and romance to any space. PLUS, it’s an elegant touch of white to pair with red and blue decor.