As a kid, there were three times of year that we especially looked forward to Christmas, Halloween, and the 4th of July.
The common denominator for all three was the outdoor lights that would bedeck our home. They had a magical allure to them and they seemed to sprinkle a little gold dust on every family celebration.
While we have all grown, our attraction to the lights has never dimmed. Now we see our own children look up to the lights with the same fascination.
Let’s face it, we could all use a little cheer and brightness after the past couple of months with the virus dominating everywhere we look.
Perhaps we can all band together this 4th of July and refocus on what it means to be American. Let’s show our fellow Americans and the world that we still believe in the dream – starting with the lighting and decorations outside our homes.
The following 4th of July outdoor decoration ideas are simple, patriotic, and easy to set up. So, why not sprinkle a little gold dust this Independence Day, as you fire up the barbecue?
Choosing the right lights for your 4th of July decorations
Let’s start with outdoor lighting.
Hosting a cookout or barbecue in the backyard is the traditional way to celebrate the 4th of July. The sun will hopefully be shining and everyone will be outdoors.
This year, if you’re planning on doing that, what decorations do you have planned for after the sky starts to dim?
The (hopefully) fine weather will mean you’ll want to sit outside and continue the celebrations.
Some colorful 4th of July outdoor lights can help set the mood as the fireworks start lighting up the sky. They can also show the neighbors that nobody is more patriotic than you!
Before you start trailing fairy lights everywhere, consider all the factors that will influence the lighting you choose this year.
Customize your own decorations
This is for you if you want to get really creative and make your own statement with your outdoor lights.
Did you know that with Gemstone Lights, it’s easy to customize your own lighting decorations and form your own configurations, patterns, and color schemes?
Lights are no longer just lights – fixed and unchangeable through the years. You can adjust your lighting to do more or less what you want it to do with the right technology now available – even when you’re not there!
If you want ready-made patterns and designs for different occasions after the 4th of July, there are many preset patterns available for use throughout the year.
If you want to create your own red, white, and blue patterns, you can do that. Or any other color you prefer!
If you want to be able to change your lights remotely via an app, you can do that.
Want to add lighting to just the deck area, the yard, or individual cans? You can do that too.
Here are some great ideas for your 4th of July lights this year:
Red, white, and blue
These really create a “wow” factor for guests – lights that look like stars in the all-American colors, mirroring the star-spangled banner.
Red, white, and blue
Show your pride in the American colors by having red, white, and blue lights installed around your roof, porch rails, window and door frames, pergolas, water features, and just about anywhere in your yard or entertainment area.
These lights are highly versatile and can be mounted on white sockets and wire to keep the 4th of July color scheme consistent.
Add some dynamics to your lighting display with bulbs that slowly change color from red to blue.
You can simply replace the bulbs in the Christmas lights you already own (red and green?) or purchase a new set of energy-efficient bulbs to be brought out every July.
These can be used practically anywhere in your entertainment area, throughout the yard, or to highlight certain features in your garden.
You can set them at a standard year-round design that suits your preferences and then change them for special occasions.
Place three outdoor LED spotlights high in your front yard trees and set their colors to red, white, and blue so that your evening guests get in the mood for your 4th of July celebrations.
Match your lighting with other outdoor decorations
Of course, your choice of outdoor lighting is just one of many you need to make if you are hosting a 4th of July party.
As well as the food and drink, there are other decorations you can use to set the mood for your guests.
Here are some other outdoor decoration ideas that to work in combination with your lighting:
Pride of place as you welcome guests to your home could be your American flag. You can add lighting around your flag base or up the flagpole and show it off all night.
Did you know that if you do light your flag, there are some requirements to follow according to the United States Flag Code?
“It is a universal custom to display the flag only from sunrise to sunset on buildings and on stationary flagstaffs in the open. However, when a patriotic effect is desired, the flag may be displayed twenty-four hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness.”
Proper illumination is interpreted by the American Legion as: “a light specifically placed to illuminate the flag (preferred) or having a light source sufficient to illuminate the flag so it is recognizable as such by the casual observer.”
Red, white and blue flowers? Roses, delphinium and feverfew are ideal.
This is great for your outdoor barbecue table, as a centerpiece or displayed proudly at your front entrance.
Here’s how you can DIY your 4th of July arrangements.
Matching linen and table centerpieces
Maybe you will have a buffet or people seated at individual tables?
Either way, get creative with your tablecloths and centerpieces. Keep the red, white, and blue theme going as your guests dine on your wonderful food.
After all, what better way to show off your Fourth of July spirit than having a fun patriotic dinner table!
Dress up your drinks
Serve drinks with red, white, and blue kerchiefs knotted around beer bottles.
You could even make stickers to stick over the original beer labels with the title “red, white, and brew”.
For bottles of wine, how about “Red, wine, and blue”?!!
Or have some fun and create your own boozy 4th of July cocktails.
Additional patriotic touches you can add
Your outdoor lighting can help tie everything together at your 4th of July party. Beyond lights and decorations, though, the party atmosphere wouldn’t be complete without the following:
Line up patriotic classics like Grand Old Flag and America the Beautiful alongside more upbeat numbers to make sure the party stays lively.
Everybody loves a few games at a party. How about a game of patriotic baseball or 4th of July bingo?
A big screen?
What’s your favorite patriotic movie or musical performance? Maybe you can set up a big screen and beam some visual entertainment for guests.
Gemstone Lights: all year round
Patriotic lighting is a great place to start planning your 4th of July party.
The best thing about the lighting options available now is that while you may need to invest in a new set, if you select the right ones and set them up using our app, they can light your home year-round and on all occasions.
Our systems use the latest tech available and are cloud-enabled with individually addressable bulbs. They are even Alexa and Google Home integrated.
Get a quote for your 4th of July lights from Gemstone Lights here.