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Independence Day Etiquette Tips

Posted by Liz Taylor Jul 01, 2014

Independence Day commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. It’s one of my favorite holiday’s as it’s commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbeques and a great excuse to get together with your closest family and friends. More than likely, you will have many fun events to attend throughout the weekend, so I want to arm you with the following quick and easy tips:

Going Boating?  If you are boating with friends, please chip in for gas and always bring a cooler stocked with beverages and snacks to share.  Drink plenty of water throughout the day and watch your alcohol consumption – you don’t want your hosts to worry about guests falling overboard, creating noise violations, etc.

Attending a picnic?  Bring a bowl of fruit, appetizer, dessert or something that your host will appreciate. A small hostess gift is also a must (I recently attended a dinner party and brought my hostess a small starfish-shaped serving bowl.   I recalled her saying that she adores serving dishes and with them living right on the water, this gift was perfect for her).

Celebrating with fireworks?  If your neighbors or friends are hosting a fireworks display, have fun and enjoy the show, but don’t overstay your welcome.  If you’re the host, ensure that you don’t shoot off fireworks into the wee hours of the night – your neighbors might have to be up early the next morning or have small children at home. 

 Have fun, be safe and enjoy the holiday weekend! 



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