Independence Day is celebrated in a variety of ways. Taking advantage of some time off from work to do fun activities with a group is usually the goal most people have in mind. Planning ahead can make the day more relaxing and more organized for everyone!
Check your area for local celebrations. Perhaps there is a neighborhood or city-wide parade for the family to enjoy. Many communities will offer special events, such as fairs, concerts, and sporting events at little to no cost. Taking part in such activities is a great way to be involved in your community and find entertainment outside of your backyard.
If, however, spending the afternoon on the patio with the grill in full swing is for you, then by all means find a way to enjoy the day and relax. Cooking out (or in) should not be a stressful or time-consuming event. Keep your menu simple, and allow others to pitch in with the cooking as well to save time. Using disposable partyware will keep clean up time to a minimum and allow more time to spend on the fun things!
Finally, be sure to check for your local fireworks celebration. Most areas do not allow fireworks to be ignited within the city limits for safety reasons, so please respect the law and others. Many communities not only offer securely-run, professional fireworks shows but will also accompany those events with either live or radio-broadcast music. Take advantage of the amenities in your own community and have a wonderful Independence Day!