Happy 4th of July everyone! Oh America, you look pretty great for 240. Here’s our advice for making the most out of the holiday:

(Top image: popsicle stick American Flag craft via A Pumpkin and a Princess)

1. Be safe out there.

2. Fire up the grill.

3. Make the best BBQ sauce ever.

4. Eat all the foods.

5. Make one of these 30 red white and blue recipes.

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

How to make these adorable chocolate dipped Ice Cream Cones for 4th of July or any summer celebration | Cool Mom Eats

Chocolate dipped red white and blue ice cream cones | Cool Mom Eats

7. Get the kids in cool American flag clothes that they can wear the rest of the year, too.

8. Sign up to register voters as a volunteer, and help all Americans have a voice in November.

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

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

11. Make your own sparklers.

12. Make your own easy last-minute 4th-of July crafts with the kids, like the popsicle stick flag craft, at top.

13. Do fun things with a watermelon.

14. 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

15. Say yes to Sno-Cones and popsicles.

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

17. Don’t forget sunscreen!

18. … or bug spray.

19. …or hats for the kids (and hats for you!)

19. Lounge on one of the coolest pool floats in history. Refuse to take turns.

20. Play some fun pool games with the family.

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

4th of July cocktail or mocktail recipe: Patriotic Watermelon Cooler | I Spy DIY

 Patriotic Watermelon Cooler | I Spy DIY

22. Whip up 4th of July drink recipes, boozy or not.

23. Let the kids whip up their own easy Independence Day treats.

24. Make cute crafts from shells you collect.

25. Let the kids stay up way too late.

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

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