We’ll go ahead and say it, the Fourth of July might be the best holiday of the year. It’s free of the burdens that accompany Thanksgivings or Christmases, comes with fireworks and is set during the single best time of year to be outdoors. All those things combine to make a long day of eating and drinking in the sun. If you’re like us and many other red-blooded Americans out there, you have probably responded affirmatively to somewhere between four and fourteen Independence Day BBQ invitations. That’s a lot of grilled meat and West Coast IPA (sorry Pilsner and Hefeweizen, this is America’s birthday) to navigate this weekend. Here’s how to do it.
Arrival time: Noon
What’s going on: Not much yet. Everyone is just getting warmed up for the long day ahead. Since no one has had anything to drink yet, make sure someone you know is throwing this party. Jumping headfirst into a group full of strangers is not a good idea.