Fourth of July Celebration Ideas with Goodwill®

By Anne-Marie Maher

As summer continues to heat up, Fourth of July is right around the corner. Each year, the holiday brings together groups of friends and family to enjoy time with one another. Whether you’re hosting the gathering or bringing a dish, Goodwill is a great place to find pieces that will make the holiday feel that much more festive.

The Life of the Party: Food.

Folks tend to center their Fourth of July gatherings around sizzling barbecue, homemade favorites and sweet desserts. Stay environmentally conscious and choose to skip the plastic plates. Instead, dress up the party with unique dishware from Goodwill. It’s both inexpensive and better for the environment. Take it a step further and make the food pull double duty. Arrange a red, white and blue dessert in a clear glass bowl and use it as a centerpiece.

Red, White, and Blue berry dessert in a clear dish from Goodwill.

The Vibe of the Party: Decorations.

If you love to DIY, Pinterest has countless ideas for festive decorations (see Goodwill’s board) with items you can easily find at your local Goodwill. But, if you’d rather spend less time on decorations, check out these silverware holders. First, pick up some mason jars that double as a drink jar. Then, stuff them with bandanas or napkins and some silverware. This is a simple way to dress up your tablespace.

Red and Blue bandanas in mason jars form Goodwill.

The Party: You.  

Be a firework this fourth by decking yourself out head-to-toe in red, white and blue. Matching your outfit to the color scheme is a simple, but effective way to create a cohesive look. Goodwill has Fourth of July themed attire for a fraction of the price from the superstore. Or, browse the racks for clothing that matches the theme, but can also be worn year-round. Goodwill stores are sorted by colors, making the red, white and blue look easy to find! Goodwill Fabulous scored the dress below for $4.99, originally retailed for $138.

Goodwill Fabulous girls pose in thrifted outfits.

We know that thrifting is less expensive and better for the environment. But, did you know that thrifting at Goodwill also helps to fund Goodwill’s employment programs? Goodwill’s programs promote independence for people within the Lincoln community who need support to provide for themselves and their families. Whether you shop or donate, thank you for supporting our community.

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