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Fourth of July celebrations are synonymous with BBQ, fireworks, and picnics. Let's take a look at some of our favorite posts from across DIYLife that will make your Independence Day celebration the best ever.

Whether you plan to grill steaks, burgers, fish, or even corn on the cob, there are a few things you can do to make sure your cookout is red, white, blue, and green. If you're feeling really creative, you can build your own BBQ pit, but no matter what grill you cook on, you're still going to have to clean it.

To keep uninvited pesky guests away while you're cooking (and eating!), build this useful trap to snare wasps, and follow these tips to keep mosquitoes at bay.

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What's a cookout without some great food and drink? Here are some patriotic drinks for kids and grown-ups -- so festive that you can only drink them out of special July Fourth BBQ cups. When you run to the store to stock up on party food, make sure you grab a couple of watermelons. Spike one, and use these tips to easily remove seeds from the other one before you serve it.

If you forgot to put the beer and soda bottles on ice, and there's only a few minutes before your guests arrive, don't panic. With this trick, you're only three minutes away from a frosty drink.

Our friends at Switched have some tips on impressing the "kids" (as in "tweens to teenagers") on the fourth using software.

If you're looking for some crafts to commemorate the holiday, make a red, white, and blue Bomb Pop Amigurumi, or dress your tresses with a no-sew all American hair sash. Keep the kids busy as they wait for the fireworks to start by giving them carton catchers out of old milk jugs, or teach them to make a daisy chain (flowering weeds like dandelions make great stand-ins for actual daisies).

Of course, our number one tip for a fun Fourth of July celebration: if you shoot off fireworks, please do it safely.




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