How to Make the Most of July 4th (& Take the Work Out of Fireworks)

242 years ago a group of righteous patriots got together to declare our nation’s independence. All these years later, we celebrate our founding fathers’ audacity the way they would have wanted: by flocking to the beach, barbequing, and watching the needless detonation of colorful explosives.

The beach has been part of your Fourth ritual for years, but with the crowds, traffic, booze restrictions, and thankless search for parking, in the words of BB King: the thrill is gone. Declare your independence from tradition, and put the happy back in “happy Fourth” by switching up your plans this year. Short on ideas? We got you.


It’s been too long since you last got the band back together. Every year it seems a little harder to find the time, with weddings, kids, and work taking priority. The holiday is the perfect excuse (or excuse vacuum, as it were) to rekindle your bromances.

Find the finest change-of-pace location and an Airbnb with a good grill, and enjoy reminiscing about all of the misadventures of your youth. And even if you’re the last of the crew to settle down, give your friends the impression you’ve got your ish together with life/after/denim’s Tulum Shirt.

Josh Rubin