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Seven Must-Have 4th of July Weekend Party Essentials

Who doesn’t love a good party? While you may have to get creative this year for 4th of July, just know that celebrating independence is always in order. In this post, I’ll share 10 fourth of July party essentials to make your red, white and blue celebration complete as well as seven top buy now, pay later stores that have the fourth of July merch you’ve been looking for to make this year memorable.

10 Fourth of July Party Shopping List Items

Across the globe, restrictions on gatherings are slowly easing, and while you should do everything possible to keep you and your loved ones safe, there is still room for a red, white and blue 4th of July party even if you have to fly solo or do things a bit differently.

Above all else, stay safe and if it’s not the right time to host a 4th of July party, even with social distancing guidelines, you can still have a great time with your shelter-in-place quarantine crew or connect virtually with family and friends.

No matter what you end up doing, here is a list of party ideas and party essentials to help make your event epic: 

  1. Music
  2. Food
  3. Beverages
  4. Decorations
  5. Games
  6. Seating areas
  7. Disposable paper goods
  8. Umbrellas or tents
  9. Insect repellant
  10. Lights


Music is an instant mood shifter. Compile your red, white and blue playlist to stream through electronic devices and portable speakers or go vintage and dust off the vinyl and turntable. Whatever you decide, have fun with it. Be sure to include songs your guests will enjoy, from bouncy toddlers to seasoned steppers. Need an upgrade for your sound system? Check out Morrow Audio for quality sound options.


What’s on your menu? Award-winning lifestyle brand, Bon Appétitt, has you covered from steak to veggies (dessert, too). Browse through the special section devoted to the fourth of July and see what jumps off the screen. Try something new like this red, white and blue cake recipe from Betty Crocker. If you’re not interested in a new recipe, how about dusting off recipe cards steeped in tradition and family culture? Your menu should reflect who you are, where you’ve been, and where you plan to go.


What 4th of July party is complete without a cooler filled with beverages? From fruit fizzes and spirits to water and juice, it’s always a good idea to have a variety of refreshment on hand and on ice. Throw a blender into the mix for a round of frozen drinks or set up red, white and blue beverage dispensers to give your guests choices.


Make your home festive with red, white and blue decor. You can decorate with American flags and tablecloths, balloons, and streamers that pay homage to the red, white and blue. If you have children around, try making a 4th of July craft together.


Games can help break the ice and bring people together or spark a little friendly competition. Consider having a mix of board games, trivia games, and field games such as sack races and obstacle courses. Looking for a new challenge? Then, try Teqball! Brainstorm game party ideas and ask others for input to add to the fun.

Seating Areas

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends a distance of six feet to stay aligned with social distancing guidelines. If it’s safe to host an in-person party, be sure to have seating that reflects this standard. By the way, how is your lawn furniture looking? If you need new outdoor seating, browse Modloft.

Disposable Paper Goods

Who wants to wash dishes after a 4th of July party? Save time by purchasing red, white and blue disposable cups, plates, napkins, and cutlery. Oh, and bonus points if those items are also recyclable or compostable.

Umbrellas or Tents

Beat the heat of the sun by using large umbrellas over tables and chairs or setting up a tent for shade. If you plan on spending time outdoors in a park with your family, consider the innovative tent options from TentBox and Crua Outdoors.

Insect Repellant

Unfortunately, the bugs have to eat too and that means they might be snacking on you or your 4th of July spread. You can keep them at bay with insect repellant, citronella candles, and netting so you can enjoy your time outside. 


Just like music, lighting can define the mood of your 4th of July party space. Experiment with strings of red, white and blue lights or choose just one color to enhance your festive celebration.

7 Splitit-Powered Stores Fueling Your Fourth of July Fun

If you’re looking for some items to make your 4th of July party more fun, consider shopping at these Splitit partners. With Splitit you can pay over time and get your goods right now. Just using your existing Visa or Mastercard, you can use Splitit technology to make monthly installment without paying fees or interest. 

To get started, you just need an available line of credit on your card to cover the full cost of your purchase. You won’t pay the entire cost in full, but Splitit technology is capable of setting that amount to the side for your purchase. You’ll pay on your terms each month until you reach a zero balance.

Got it? Good. Now, take a look at these Splitit merchants:


TextBox makes tents that fit on top of your vehicle. From sedans to SUVs there is a tent solution for you and your crew.  Planning a 4th of July camping party? TentBox might be exactly what the forest ranger ordered. And, when you purchase a TentBox, the company will plant a tree. That‘s something to feel good about. You know what else feels good? Paying for your new TentBox over time.

Visit TentBox


Time for a new bike? Ready to start biking? You can hit the trail in style on the 4th of July with a bike that suits you. Canyon offers a range of road bikes, mountain bikes, hybrid bikes, and triathlon-level bikes From the newbie to the expert, Canyon is worth a look. 

Visit Canyon

Morrow Audio

Award-winning Morrow Audio is a trusted provider of all things sound. If you need speaker cables or other sound solutions for your 4th of July party, take a look at what they offer. Their innovative cables provide a dramatic, noticeable enhancement of sound through the use of SSI technology that employ solid core wire, small gauge wire and individually insulated strands.

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Crua Outdoors

Whether in your backyard stargazing or on a camping site for the 4th of July, Crua Outdoors has everything you need for comfort and fun. The brand features modular tents, hammock tents, hammocks, and reflective flysheets to keep your temporary home cool in the summer heat. Find a tent solution for individuals and families while paying over time for what you want.

Visit Crua Outdoors


According to Teqball, the word is curved. Think soccer meets table tennis, except the table is curved like a downward arc. This relatively new soccer-based sport helps develop skill, concentration and stamina. The sport was created in Hungary in 2012 and is played between two or four players, regardless of gender. Use monthly installments with Splitit to get your new Teqball table home and you might just start a new family 4th of July tradition.

Visit Teqball


According to Cake, worldwide deliveries begin July 1 (just in time for the 4th of July), so now is a great time to use Splitit to buy now and pay later for your next bike. This isn’t just any sort of bike, it’s a motorized bike racing speeds of up to 63 miles per hour depending on the model. Cake is a Swedish bike company using clean, electric energy to power its offerings. 

Visit Cake


Treat yourself to stylish outdoor furniture to celebrate your 4th of July party with Modloft. You can use Splitit to pay over time* on an entire patio set. Choose from high-end, moderately-priced modern furniture collections and try a new look in your home for 30 days, risk free.

*Only in-store purchases are Splitit-enabled at this time.

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