Tips for a Green Independence Day

The colors of American independence may be red, white, and blue, but that doesn’t mean you can’t add in some green this Fourth of July. While we all enjoy celebrating outside with friends and family on the Fourth, it’s important to make sure your party is environmentally friendly. Here are a few ideas to stay green this Independence Day:

  • Painted Lawn Stars: You can paint red, white, and blue stars – or anything else – across your lawn to make your yard pop with patriotism. Just cut the design into a large piece of cardboard and fill it in with water-based spray paint, which won’t harm grass or the environment. Plus, it washes off easily when the day is over.


  • Patriotic Bean Bag Toss Boards: Follow the link for instructions on how to build a simple set of boards for the most fun and versatile backyard game there is. You can reuse your red, white, and blue paint from the painted lawn stars, and when the Fourth has passed, these boards can be easily repainted and repurposed for any other holiday or occasion.

  • Delicious 4th of July Recipes: These recipes for the Fourth double as decorations, and they’re so delicious, they’re sure to be gone by the end of the day, so you won’t have to worry about disposal. Tasty food is environmentally friendly!

  • Grill Green: When firing up the grill this Independence Day, use natural charcoal instead of gas, and make sure you have reusable utensils to avoid extra plastic going in the landfill.

  • Party Local: When making cocktails for guests, serve a signature drink that uses local, seasonal ingredients. You’ll get credit for uniqueness AND environmental consciousness.

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