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Your Fourth of July Checklist

  • Najib Benouar


Tomorrow marks the most American day of the year.

And to make sure you exercise your right—nay, duty—to be as patriotic as humanly possible, we’ve put together a handy checklist of things to do, consume, think, watch, salute and wear tomorrow:

Being all that you can be, on the Fourth of July.»

BarackOFlay Eat, drink and be ’merican. That means something off the grill in the form of a burger, hot dog, ribs, wings, etc. (Extra points if you’re grilling it yourself.) And something out of the ice chest that is either emblazoned with an American flag or at least brewed in the US of A. (Extra points for can-only consumption.)

Salute an American flag. You can also say the Pledge of Allegiance or sing the national anthem while doing so. (Extra points for getting your own flag to fly.)

Wear red, white and blue. (Extra points if it’s all American-made clothing—you can refer to our trusty guide for help.)

baseball-glove-bat Baseball. It’s America’s pastime. Play a game of catch, or watch some on television. (Extra points for actually attending a game.)

Swim in a body of water. A lake, an ocean, a kiddie pool.

Watch Bill Pullman’s Independence Day speech. (Extra points for memorizing and reciting it later in the day.)

Make a patriotic playlist. Play it during the festivities. A few suggestions: Neil Diamond’s “America”; James Brown’s “Living in America”; Tom Petty’s “American Girl”; Miley Cirus’s “Party in the U.S.A.”; and Toby Keith’s “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue.”

Watch a fireworks show. (Extra points for lighting your own.) buster_light