The perfect 4th of July weekend, it’s not a dream, but something you know that you can hold in your hand. The beach, barbecue in the backyard, fireworks and ice cream, friends and family having a great time talking and laughing. You know it can be achieved. It just needs the proper planning.
You’ve done your research, you’ve got it all planned out, the details addressed, and the variables all written down with plans for multiple scenarios, but somehow you know there is something you’re still forgetting. It feels like a weighted lure plummeting down into the depths of your chest.
There is always an x-factor, some unexpected variable that throws off your plans. You can stress out about it or you can roll with the punches and make the best of it. I assembled a list of some of the top things about planning a Fourth of July weekend that I stress out about. I hope that addressing some of these scenarios will let you know that you’re not alone and help you with your own event planning.
1) Someone gets injured
This is a constant concern for me with any and all of my event planning. It turns out that people are fairly fragile and injury can happen at moment. Someone could cut their foot on a broken seashell at the beach, a friendly game of touch football could lead to an accidental concussion…the list goes on and on. I recommend having a first aid kit nearby at all times and making sure to occasionally check that all your guests are accounted for.
2) The Beach is Packed
The July 4th weekend is one of the most popular times to go to the beach and every year I am amazed by the sheer number of people who make it out to soak up the sun and splash in the waves. Even if you make it out to the beach early, it always feels like everyone had the exact same idea as you.
3) Rowdy Campsite
If you’re the outdoors type then you might want to take your family camping. There is a joy in taking a day or two to get away from the hustle and bustle of the daily routine and relax in nature. However, this can be ruined if the people in the campsite next to yours are blasting music and keep walking across your site.
4) Barbecue Clean Up
The best part of any barbecue is always the food. Baby back ribs, grilled chicken, hot dogs, and hamburgers…I’m getting hungry just thinking about it. The main downside is that after you’re done with all the cooking, there is usually a lot of clean up and no one wants to spend a long time cleaning after eating a heavy meal. I know after a big meal, I just want to go and take a nap.
5) Family Gets in a Fight
I love my family, but we don’t always get along. With family you know each other your entire lives and as a result, you know exactly what to say or do to set each other off. I’m always a little anxious when I get my family together, but I have found that in the event that an argument happens between family members, bringing up a new subject for conversation can save the day.
I hope you have a fun and stress-free Fourth of July, but if you do end up feeling stressed out, consider the InstaShiatsu+ Pillow Massager with Heat. Relax with a soothing shiatsu massage at the push of a button.
Marc | Copywriter