July 4th marks the 237th anniversary of the U.S., and the Americans among us mark Independence Day with parades and elaborate fireworks displays, picnics, barbecues, and, where possible, hammocks.
In between your grilled meals and cold beverages, we hope you’ll be sharing your Fourth of July thoughts and experiences on Twitter or Vine. And our holiday gift to you are these previews, tips and tricks to help you celebrate the day in style.
Here’s a sneak peek at New York City’s big fireworks show tomorrow night:
Testing Macy’s fireworks #NYC https://t.co/vGtqg1FhvJ— Anthony Quintano ( @AnthonyQuintano) June 21, 2013
If you happen to live someplace where it’s OK to set off your fireworks, do make note of these safety reminders:
Fireworks Safety Tips by @NFPA PROCEED WITH CAUTION! pic.twitter.com/KGgKQepXuj— OLA DCGov ( @OLADCGov) July 2, 2013
See what went “boom” on the Nat’l Mall yesterday. Fireworks safety demo photos are on Flickr. Have a safe #July4 http://t.co/e1GgpwreG7— U.S. CPSC ( @OnSafety) June 28, 2013
Quedan 3 dias antes del #4dejulio. Aprende como puedes prevenir lesiones del manejo de fuegos artificiales en http://t.co/4OTOzWoI50. #OSHA— US Dept. of Labor ( @USDOL) July 1, 2013
And in that (safe) vein, you may not have known that Founding Fathers proffer grilling advice:
Four Steps to #FoodSafety from Our Founding Fathers: http://t.co/IwHSqxplXC #July4— USDA Food Safety ( @USDAFoodSafety) July 2, 2013
Finally, these Vine tutorials may inspire patriotic merry-making: