Posted by Anieca Ayler
Before you dive into your Fourth of July festivities this week, sink into a suitable reading position and soak up these essential holiday reads from your favorite digital magazines.
1. WHAT TO DO
In addition to your party plans, of course.
There’s nothing quite as American as celebratory lounging. Check out this list of patriotic movies, TV shows, books and comics from Wired, including, (duh) “Independence Day,” “Team America: World Police,” “The Colbert Report,” “Top Gun” and “Captain America’s Bicentennial Battles.”
Dig into the Next Issue app for a dynamite tutorial on taking sweet, starbursty photos of fireworks from Popular Photography (“Sparks Fly,” July). And Family Fun features a few great activities to do with the little ones just for the occasion, like this DIY confetti popper (“Make it,” June/July). Sorry in advance for the mess.
2. WHAT TO EAT
These Celebrity Chefs’ Fourth of July recipes from Food & Wine are all fantastic contenders for a delicious outdoor bash: triple pork burgers, watermelon salad, sticky chicken wings, balsamic and rosemary-marinated Florentine steak, hot dog melts, stuffed heirloom tomatoes, just to name a few (and because it’s making us too hungry to list them all).
If you’re a grill master, this BBQ guide from Southern Living is a must. Recipes and how-tos for mains, smoked meats, ribs, rubs and sauces, sides and pies—it’s got it all. Even barbecue deviled eggs.
Now for the best part. Hop on the app and just try to look through these “Red, White & Blueberry” desserts without drooling: raspberry-watermelon terrine with blueberry sauce, star-studded berry tarts, blueberry buttermilk bundt cake and, this beauty below, red velvet-blueberry ice cream pie. (Food Network Magazine, July/August)
No one throws a better birthday party for America than Better Homes and Gardens—check out their recipes and tips inside the app (“Fresh Gatherings,” July). We’re big fans of their crafty video how-tos for handmade glittery garlands and flag wreaths.
And, evidently, no one knows how to blow $100 on fireworks better than Men’s Journal. The perfect formula: $3 of wooden sparklers, $5 of firecrackers, $6 of helicopters, $18 of rockets $6 of mortar tubes and $50 of multishot cake. (“Expert Advice,” July)
In the name of our Founding Fathers and American liberty (and maybe a little too much beer), we’re putting flour on our lawns. In the shape of stars. Because we can. Sunset has the how-to on this, star luminarias, star-spangled pinwheels and more fun decorating ideas for your party here.
4. WHAT TO WEAR
WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM JULY FOURTH?
We spend way too much money on holidays. It’s the American way.
Open up the app for a rather insightful read from Bloomberg Businessweek about the economical impact of celebrating our independence. “Like most American holidays, the Fourth of July is no longer just about time with friends. It’s a crucial moment in an enormous economic machine. And like many American standards, it’s changing.” (July 1)
Just to end on a sobering note: “The Real Cost of Celebrating July 4th,” also from Bloomberg. “The Fourth of July has repeatedly ranked as the deadliest day to drive in the year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Nearly 51 percent of all deadly traffic crashes on July 4 are related to alcohol, especially underage drinking. Fireworks accounted for 9,600 emergency room visits in 2011, up by 1,000 over the previous year, yet only four were deaths, according to the Consumer Products Safety Commission.”