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How to Throw an Amazing 4th of July Party in Your Small Apartment

With the 4th of July just a few short days away, everyone is getting ready to host their parties. However, some folks live in small apartments. That can make things a little tricky when it comes to throwing a 4th of July party. While you might not have a backyard or an outdoor grill, you can still make the best of it with the tips I, Mark Romer, am about to share with you. Throwing a party involves a lot of planning. Lucky for you, I have done most of the leg work for you. So, without further ado, let’s dive right in and sort out proper 4th of July party for you.

First Thing’s First

By clicking on this blog, I am going to assume that you both want to throw a patriotic 4th of July party and have an apartment around 500 square feet. Some would say that it is impossible to do that with such a limited space. I am here to tell you that if you believe you can do it, you can.

The first thing you are going to want to do is to move any unnecessary furniture out of the flat. This could be anything from larger furniture to extra televisions. The goal here is to make as much room as humanly possible for your guests to be able to mingle. Do not remove places to sit. Even though you are trying to make space, you do want to have as many spots for your guests to relax as humanly possible.

If you do not have enough storage space to store your extra bits and bops, you could always store them in your bedroom. Just make sure that you leave yourself enough room to get to bed at the end of the night. You will not want to have to move a lot of things at what will surely be the end of a long night.

The Grill

Nothing is more iconic to the 4th of July celebration than a delicious barbeque. Even if you do have one, I would not suggest you bring it inside. Seriously, don’t ever bring a propane grill inside. It can put off fumes that can make you and your guests sick, but it also has the potential to hurt someone fatally.

Instead, you should see about getting a smokeless grill. You can find them at places that sell camping equipment. The only downside to these is that they are quite small. So, when you are planning the menu, think smaller items. I am talking about mini weenies and sliders. You are looking to maximize flavors rather than serving them large burgers and hotdogs.

When I was throwing parties for the 4th of July back in college, I would focus on getting things that could be put on a small plate. Most of the time, I would serve finger foods. Some other great meals to serve at your party are veggies and hummus, wings, and cheese platters. The point is to be social. If you stop the party to have everyone sit down to eat, some people will not be able to mingle with others.

No Fire

I think this should go without saying, but don’t ever use fireworks of any kind indoors. This not only applies to the giant fireworks but is also applies to things like sparklers or even those little poppers that you throw on the ground. You would be hard-pressed to find something that will kill a fun party, quite like a fire in your house.

Should you not have the money or space outside to set fireworks off, I suggest you go with glow in the dark everything. You can find these items at most party supply stores. Additionally, make sure to pick up some blacklights so that you can maximize the glow in the dark effect.

If you absolutely have to have something that makes a noise but is safe for the indoors, try getting some of those poppers that everyone seems to have on New Year’s. They completely contain the explosion, and you can drop them in a bucket afterward. Never just throw those in the trash. The popper might completely extinguish and lead to a fire.


When it comes to decorating, it is easy to get some red, white, and blue streamers. Don’t forget to get the patriotic bunting, cups, plates, napkins, and banners. In addition, you might want to invest in some red, white, and blue lights. The lights are an option if you are not going the glow in the dark route. Either way, lighting is just as important as any other part of the party.

When you do put up lighting, make sure that you keep the lights far enough away from anything that is flammable. Like I said before, you don’t want to ruin your party with a fire. While most decorations are fire-resistant, it would depend on the wattage of your lights. Everything has a flashpoint, even things that are meant to not catch on fire.


For a lot of people, their 4th of July party is what defines how good their summer was. Using the tips and tricks I have provided you above, I have the utmost confidence that if you put your mind to it, you can successfully plan and execute a great party. All you need to do is pay attention to the tips I have provided you, and you will surely have the best party on the block. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have the most prominent space to throw the party. All you need to do is use your imagination, and you will be the envy of your friends. I, Mark Roemer, wish you all the best on your celebration day. Keep things safe, both with fireworks and social distancing. If you have a lot of people, make sure you have a lot of hand sanitizer and some extra masks just in case someone needs or wants them.