4th of julyMarkets are closed today in honor of the Fourth of July weekend, but we know many of you are taking the weekend to celebrate with friends and family.

The Zing Blog would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday weekend. If you need some inspiration to get your party started, check out our guide to the ultimate Fourth of July celebration. From backyard landscaping and grilling advice to Independence Day decor and firework safety, the Zing Blog has you covered!

Fourth of July Tips

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Plan a Fourth of July Party on a Budget

Fireworks, family, friends, and … fist loads of money spent on a barbecue!? I’m all about the first three, as most of us lovers of this fine country are. But when it comes to shelling over cash to buy six packs of hot dogs and eight packs of buns for a crowd, I just scratch my head thinking about that money I’ll waste on the leftover buns. But there are ways to save! (Read more)

8 Things You Didn’t Know About Independence Day

Independence Day is upon us, and I’m sure many of you are either packing for your Fourth of July vacation or planning barbecues, parades and fireworks at home with friends. Either way, July Fourth is an important celebration of our nation’s founding, so wave your flag proudly. Most people know the significance of this day, but here are some fun facts you may not have known about the anniversary of our nation’s birth. (Read more)

Patriotic Party Tips to Celebrate the Red, White and Blue

Can’t head up to the lake this year for the Fourth of July? Tired of eating the overcooked burgers at your neighborhood’s block party? Don’t let your lack of options rain on your Fourth of July parade. There are plenty of other ways to celebrate the good ol’ USA besides conventional barbecues and lake parties. Check out these alternative Fourth of July food, entertainment and drink ideas to put your own twist on an Independence Day celebration! (Read more)

Fireworks Safety Tips

If you choose to set off sparks this Independence Day, taking precautions and using common sense can go a long way toward keeping you and your loved ones safe. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind so your Fourth of July will stay emergency room free. (Read more)

Grilling and Barbecue Tips

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Tips for a Happy, Healthy Cookout

It’s summer time, and that means a few different things: shorter shorts, longer days, sunburned noses and plenty of outdoor parties. Whether you’re grilling out at a family reunion, hosting a Fourth of July gathering or bringing a dish to your block party, there are plenty of ways to make sure your favorite summer dishes make you feel just as awesome as they taste. (Read more)

Gas vs. Charcoal: Things to Know When Buying a Grill

We’re here to look at a few different qualities of gas and charcoal grills in case you’re in the market for one. While you’re reading through, think about the things that are important to you, because they’ll help you pick the grill that’s right for you. At the end of the day, if something you buy doesn’t meet your needs and expectations, you’re not going to use it. If you don’t use it, you’ve wasted your money – we don’t want you to waste your money. (Read more)

Tips for Hosting a Summer Barbecue on a Budget

We all know the importance of a summer barbecue, so it’s time to help you plan one on a budget. With gas prices climbing and all the other expenses that come with everyday life, most people are looking to save a little money. Don’t worry. You can host a great barbecue with a limited bankroll. (Read more)

Barbecue Grill Safety: Tips for Gas and Charcoal Barbecue Grills

Summertime and backyard barbecues go hand in hand. Unfortunately, property damage, injury and even death occurs as a result of home fires involving grills and barbecues every year.  These statistics could be prevented simply with safety knowledge and awareness.  Here are some tips to ensure you, your family and your property are protected when firing up the grill for a delicious feast. (Read more)

Backyard Tips

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Fun Touches for Your Patio and Backyard

Summer is here and it’s time to start planning for your patio updates. Your patio is a central place for friends and family to gather, so it can almost always benefit from spruce ups, a new piece of furniture and trendy decorations. (Read more)

DIY: Backyard Games

Watching sports can make you feel severely inadequate. Well, instead of throwing yourself a pity party because you might not stand a chance against an athlete, you can still win in your backyard. Get outside and have some fun. With these DIY backyard games, you can have a little family competition of your own. (Read more)

Make Your Backyard Bonfires Better

Summer nights would not be complete without a few backyard bonfires. Whether you’re entertaining friends or relaxing with your family, bonfires are a great way to wind down the lazy summer evenings. Make your backyard bonfire experiences better with these tips and treats. (Read more)

Enjoy July Fourth by Being Environmentally Aware

Celebrating the Fourth of July is fun! You may enjoy a parade, some fireworks and lunch or dinner with family and friends. Unless you live in an area with really bad weather, you probably do it all outside. (Read more)

Have fun this Fourth of July!

If you have any other Independence Day tips, let us know in the comment section!

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