It’s 4th of July Weekend! And while every sunny summer Friday in Chicago inexplicably means no work for anyone with a boat, this Friday it seems like everyone is playing a game of sanctioned hooky. But there ain’t no rest for the sparkly, so I’m wrapping up this work week before I celebrate Merica’s B-Day tomorrow! Which is lucky for you because I’ve rounded up your weekend essentials – it’s not too late to scoop them up today before stores close. The ideal Independence Day celebration involves a few elements:
Wardrobe: denim cutoffs or a sweet patriotic dress. Preferably maxi, but that’s just me, because I enjoy looking full glam while feeling like I’m wearing a yoga pants tuxedo.
Beverage: beer for the marathoners, summer-appropriate themed cocktails for the late afternooners.
Setting: Body of water – pool, “beach” (Oak Street), real beach (Florida), kiddie pool inflated on your rooftop. Said rooftop comes in handy later for
Food: All out smorgasbord of Merican favorites, cooked over open flame with little regard for fire safety, like our founding fathers would have wanted. (Kidding. Please grill responsibly.)
Music: Tom Petty, Topsify Country playlist, Lynyrd Skynyrd, absolutely no Chris Brown whatsoever, no Sam Smith, One Direction, or Adele (sorry England, not today.) Plenty of Beyonce, Taylor Swift to taste.