Happy 4th of July everyone! Wow, there’s so much to celebrate right now. Our advice for the day:


Be safe out there.

Fire up the grill.

Make the best BBQ sauce ever.

Eat all the foods.

Distract the kids with a fun fireworks app while you eat all the foods.


4th of July dessert recipes: Blueberry Pie | CosmoCookie

4th of July Blueberry Pie | CosmoCookie



Wear stars and stripes.

Don’t forget to bring your lawn chair to the parade.

Wave back to the firefighters a little more than everyone else.

Make your own sparklers.

Make your own last minute crafts with these free printables.

Do fun things with a watermelon.

Host a neighborhood bike parade.


Free printables and decorating ideas for a 4th of July bike parade via Martha Stewart

Free bike decorating printables and ideas | Martha Stewart


Say yes to Sno-Cones and popsicles.

Get the s’mores going and don’t skimp on the chocolate.

Learn how to take the best photos of fireworks with these tips and tutorials.

Let the kids stay up way too late.

Sleep in tomorrow. As if they’ll let you.


-Happy 4th from Kristen, Liz, and the whole Cool Mom Picks team

Fireworks at top: by colink on Flickr