Fourth of July Done Right

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The good ol' U S of A is celebrating the big 2-4-0 today and parties everywhere will start early in the day and last through the night. Heat your Independence Day (or any beach day) up by taking your beach party to the next level. Here’s how it’s done.

The Set Up

At most beaches, people claim their spots early in the day on the Fourth, so consider heading out in the morning to look for the perfect spot. Look for an area on the sand that’s 50 feet away from brush, trees, or anything that could catch fire. Remember, embers can travel.

If there isn’t a fire pit, you can easily build one by digging a hole 2-foot hole into the ground and then piling the sand around the border of the fire pit to block the wind. Set up split logs in a teepee formation - 5-10 pounds of wood will burn for about an hour. Gather dry driftwood and twigs for kindling. It’s very important that the wood is dry. You’ll also want to use dry grass and cardboard to help get the fire started.

Now that you have the basics of a DIY bonfire, it’s time to make this Fourth of July one to remember!

The Drinks

Adult Capri Sun
We’re a fan of slushy vodka lemonade, but you can do this same trick with any of your favorite simple recipes. Just mix up your concoction, pour into individual quart-sized Ziploc bags, and freeze to make a slushy. Open the bag just enough to put a straw in and slurp away.

Red White & Blue Jell-O Shots
There’s nothing more American than creating the flag out of jello shots… and it’s incredibly easy. All you need is 3 Jell-O flavors - we suggest cherry, berry blue, and piña colada, a bottle of cold vodka or rum, water and a tray. Bring 1.5 cups of water to a boil, and then mix your first flavor of Jell-O into the boiling water. Stir until the Jell-O dissolves (at least a minute), and then add 1.5 cups of liquor. Stir well again, and then pour into small plastic cups. Repeat with your other flavors, refrigerate for at least a few hours, and then layout in the design of an American flag. (See photo above)

Alco-Pops
Freeze yummy alcoholic drinks in popsicle molds. Try a Mimosa (champagne & orange juice), a Mudslide (vodka, Kahlua & cream), or Frozen Potion (vanilla vodka, crème de cocao, smashed strawberries & vanilla cream). Remember, pure liquor doesn’t freeze. The trick is to have 20% alcohol in each pop - that’s one shot booze to four shots mixer. This one is sure to be a crowd favorite.

The Eats

Pressed Sandwiches
Who needs a panini press? Wrap your favorite sandwiches in foil. Bring a few bricks to the beach and set the sandos near the fire to warm up. Then place a brick on top of each foil-wrapped sandwich for a few minutes, and then grab an oven mit to check when it's ready. Ciabatta bread presses well, or your favorite freshly baked bread will do just fine.

Sriracha Popcorn
This hot sauce truly does go with everything! Try making it homemade by adding 1 tablespoon of sriracha, the juice of 1 lime, ¼ cup of canola oil and 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter for each ½ cup of popcorn kernels. This will definitely become a diet staple moving forward, trust us on this one.

Fruit Kabobs
Keep it light and refreshing by creating easy-to-snack-on fruit kabobs. Just cut up all your favorite kinds of fruit into square pieces and place them on a kabob skewer. Watermelon, pineapple, kiwi, berries, mango, cantaloupe, and grapes are all fun, healthy choices.

The Games

Spikeball

Heard of it yet? The set up is essentially a hulahoop with a taut net over it, a specially crafted “Spikeball” and two teams of 2 players each. One person will serve from 6 feet out hitting the ball onto the net. Similar to volleyball, the other team must return the serve in 3 touches or less without letting the ball touch the ground or rim. Possession changes whenever the ball hits the net, and the rally continues until one team cannot return the ball. Play to 21, winner must win by 2. Make it at home with this easy video.

KanJam
Set up for this one is super easy too - two teams of 2 set up behind either side of 2 goals (basically small cans with slots in the front for a disc to fit in). Players take turn tossing a disc from about 8 feet away - if the disc hits the goal in the air the team gets 2 points; if the disc goes in the top of the can, the team gets 3 points; if the disc goes directly in the slot, it’s an instant win. When a team gets to 20, the next 3-point shot wins. Do it yourself.

Ladder Golf
A great beach game to play with a drink in hand. Set up your 2 ladders 15 feet apart from each other, and have two teams of 2 set up with one person from each team behind each ladder. Send the bolas to one side, and players will alternate tosses until they’ve each thrown all 3 bolas. You’re aiming for the steps on the ladder, with the top step worth 3 points, middle worth 2, and bottom step worth 1. After both players toss all 3 bolas, the points left on the steps are recorded. Win by being the first team to reach exactly 21 points. Easily create your own.

Flick N Sticks

This is a new one, but it’s sure to be an instant favorite among adult beach-goers. You’ll need four long bamboo poles, four plastic cups, and one frisbee, plus four people to play. Have two teams walk fifteen to twenty feet apart and place two poles in the sand and … You know what, just watch the YouTube video here . You get one point for knocking off a cup if the other team catches it, three points if they don’t catch it, and whoever gets to twenty-one first wins. For added fun, all players (of legal drinking age) should be holding an “adult beverage” while playing.

Whatever you end up doing this Fourth, please be safe out there and enjoy celebrating our beautiful country and all of the freedoms we have. Because, well...'Merica!


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Stephan Aarstol is an American internet entrepreneur and author of the book The Five Hour Workday, which is based on Tower Paddle Boards' invention of the 5-hour workday in 2015 that would eventually spread the idea to over 10 million people worldwide. Since founding Tower in 2010, it has gone on to become one of America's fastest growing companies and Mark Cuban's best investment in the history of Shark Tank. Tower has diversified into a direct to consumer electric bike company called Tower Electric Bikes, a beachfront event venue called Tower Beach Club, and NoMiddleman.com, where consumers can shop all the world's finest direct to consumer brands from one easy place.