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Everything you need for the ultimate July 4 picnic

Fire up the grill, open a cool beverage, turn up the summer tunes and enjoy a fun time with family and friends.

What are the July 4 essentials?

The fourth of July is a magical holiday. School is out and those halcyon summer nights have just begun. And there's no better way to celebrate America's independence than through good food with friends and family. 

If you're planning on packing a picnic this year, you need the right gear. From hot dogs and hamburgers to sparklers and flags, a good fourth of July picnic hits all of the classics without overlooking the important details. So look for portable, durable and convenient items that will sustain the party through the night. This way, you'll make it to the fireworks without a hitch. 

Shop this article: Coleman RoadTrip Portable Stand-Up Propane GrillYeti Tundra Haul Portable Wheeled Cooler and Nature Gear XL Picnic Backpack

Best July 4 picnic supplies

Food preparation

Coleman RoadTrip Portable Stand-Up Propane Grill

No fourth of July picnic is complete without burgers and dogs — but unless you plan on lugging your grill with you, you'll need something a little more travel-friendly. This portable grill conveniently folds up so you can roll it along like a suitcase. And you don't have to worry about space with the grill top. The Coleman gas grill comes with separate heat zones and enough surface area to cook multiple items simultaneously at different temperatures. You'll need a 1-pound propane tank, sold separately. 

Where to buy: Sold by Amazon

Yeti Tundra Haul Portable Wheeled Cooler

You've got the hot food covered, but what about the ice-cold beverages? This Yeti cooler keeps contents cold for days. You'll be able to pack it in with plenty of room for food, beverages and pounds upon pounds of ice. It has rugged wheels to go all-terrain and the handle is designed for comfort so you never clip your heels.  

Where to buy: Sold by Amazon

Nature Gear XL Picnic Backpack

Whether you're planning a picnic for two or for your family, this backpack tucks everything into a neat-and-tidy package. The insulated pockets keep your food fresh, and a double-cinched bottle compartment ensures precious cargo won't slip out and shatter. The backpack comes with four sets of cutlery, napkins and glasses. And you even get a waterproof blanket to avoid uncomfortable, soggy grass.

Where to buy: Sold by Amazon

Table setting


USA Flag Can Coolers

Keeping your beverages cool in the hot summer sun is an underrated aspect of any good party. These American-flag-print neoprene sleeves are comfortable and durable for repeated use and rowdy nights. 

Where to buy: Sold by Amazon


Made of tough waterproof plastic, this patriotic tablecloth protects your surfaces from sticky messes and won't tear. You get two per pack, great for large parties or for swapping out a fresh replacement. 

Where to buy: Sold by Amazon

Party gear

JBL Flip 4 Portable Speakers

What's a picnic without the tunes? These portable Bluetooth speakers from JBL aren't just cute and compact, they're also rough and tough. You can spill on them, knock them around or even drop them in the pool without spoiling the fun. You get 12 hours of playtime, and for larger parties, link the JBL speaker with up to 100 more for surround sound.

Where to buy: Sold by Amazon

PartySticks Glow Sticks

Bedazzle your friends and family with glow-in-the-dark bracelets and necklaces. These also make for a fun, clever way to identify your group in large crowds.  

Where to buy: Sold by Amazon


25-Pack Handheld Small Mini U.S. Flag 

Cheer on fireworks or your local parade with these miniature American flags. Their rounded tips are safe for children and the hollow sticks are light, yet sturdy.

Where to buy: Sold by Amazon


Coleman Camping Chair With Built-in 4 Can Cooler

A picnic in a grassy knoll sounds romantic, but sitting on the hard ground can get uncomfortable quickly. If you're in it for the long haul,  these collapsible camping chairs are not only easy to carry, but also come with pockets, cup holders and even a miniature arm-rest cooler for your refreshments.

Where to buy: Sold by Amazon

Protection from the elements

Cutter Citronella Candle

Repel those pesky mosquitos with this scent-masking citronella candle. It lasts 40 hours, and you can't go wrong with the extra ambiance, either. 

Where to buy: Sold by Walmart

Skin So Soft Bug Guard + Picaridin Towelettes

Defend yourself from mosquitos, ticks, fleas and more with these odorless wipes. They're great for sensitive skin and can be used on your little ones — just apply carefully and avoid hands and fingers. 

Where to buy: Sold by Walmart

Banana Boat Sport Ultra SPF 50

A long day in the sun is brutal on the skin. This sunscreen comes in a twin pack of either two lotion or two spray-on bottles, or one of each. Its high SPF rating is great for hours of protection, even with intense activity.

Where to buy: Sold by Amazon


Himal Collapsible Portable Cornhole Boards

Cornhole is a crowd favorite, but lugging massive boards around can be a pain. This portable set bundles up into a simple carrying pouch so you can always have a game going during your picnic. The eight beanbags are made from the same hardy poly-fabric as the boards, so these will stand up to multiple summer bashes. 

Where to buy: Sold by Amazon

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