Are you the manager of a Home Owner's Association? Perhaps you are simply on a committee that plans special events for your neighborhood, or you're the head of that committee. Whatever the case, if you are in charge of planning a Fourth of July Celebration for your neighborhood, from ordering food to arranging for a marching band to perform, here are some ideas that might help you an enjoyable and memorable event:
Part of the fun for any event includes eating, doesn't it? Since your neighborhood is celebrating the independence of your country, think of typical American foods that you can have at the celebration. For example, consider finding a service that will bring hot dogs and all the fixings for people to enjoy. Add sodas, bottled water, watermelon, and ice cream cones, and you've got yourself an easy and very delicious menu.
Think of having stations where people can go to play different games. For example, you could have a tug-o-war and a three-legged race in one area while others are playing a game of horse shoes or croquet in another area. Consider hiring a DJ and setting up a place for dancing. If you do that, make sure you ask for music that people of all ages would enjoy. Maybe you could even have somebody teach square dancing.
The Great Finale
Of course, you're probably going to arrange for a fire works display. However, you don't have to stop there: consider inviting the marching band from the high school nearest to your neighborhood to perform at your neighborhood Fourth of July event. If you decide to do that, this year's celebration will more than likely go down in history as a fabulous event. Be sure to schedule your event with the marching band arranger or leader before school is out. If the marching band is an especially good one, they may be in high demand, so don't wait until the last minute.
If you aren't successful in getting the band to perform, consider asking some high schoolers in your neighborhood to arrange a marching band, or ask all the kids in your area to be part of a parade. After all, while trained marchers can truly impress onlookers at the parade, little amateurs will more than likely steal everyone's hearts as they march on foot, on tricycles, on bikes, and even being pulled by older siblings in a little red wagon.