How to Celebrate the Fourth of July Alone

5 Ways to Celebrate Fourth of July Alone

You don't always have to go out every year

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Knowing 4th of July was approaching, I began to stress about having to make plans and buy and outfit for 4th of July celebrations. However, the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I really didn't want to go anywhere for 4th of July. First of all, this is my first day off in a while, and I kind of just wanted to enjoy it at home with some pizza and Netflix. As well, I also have about two or three exams this week and I knew if I went out I wouldn't be properly prepared. Therefore, I made the decision to celebrate 4th of July at home alone this year, and I don't regret it at all!

Take a Nap

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One thing you realize when you become an adult is that summer vacation doesn't really exist anymore. You've been working so hard these last few months, and who knows when you will get another day off. Enjoy the 4th of July by sleeping in, and maybe taking one or two naps throughout the day. Your body will thank you for it, trust me!

Have a one person BBQ

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Just because you don't feel like going out this 4th of July doesn't mean you can't celebrate like you normally would. Buy some hamburgers and hot dogs, pour yourself a drink, and enjoy your one person BBQ by the pool. If anyone deserves it, it's you.

Watch Netflix till your Heart is content

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Who knows when you will get another day to binge watch that new Netflix show? Why spend the day drinking in heat, knowing you are going to regret it tomorrow, when you can have a nice responsible day alone, under the covers with your favorite Netflix shows. You know for sure you won't regret when you have to wake up at 7am to get to work tomorrow.

Read a book

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Again, when will you every have time to read all these books you keep buying! Fourth of July is your only chance, and you better take it. Throw on your bathing suit, grab a drink and your favorite book, and head to the pool. A nice quite day working on your tan and your new favorite book is just what you need to rejuvenate before work tomorrow.

Enjoy Fireworks from your porch

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Finally, you've enjoyed a fulfilling Fourth of July, and you didn't even have to go anywhere. You slept in, took some naps, binged watched some Netflix, and maybe even read a book or two. Now it is time for what we all been waiting for. The final act of Fourth of July, the firework show. If you decide to stay home and watch it from you porch, or go to Disney and enjoy a firework extravaganza, at least make sure that you are enjoying yourself and doing what you really want to do, not what you feel obligated to just because it's the Fourth of July

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5 Songs to Add to Your Playlist This Month

Spring into finals week (and the summer) by "cleaning up" your playlist

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Here are some fun, fresh new tracks to check out as you finish out the rest of the school year and help you get out of your "music comfort zone!"

“Patience” by Tame Impala 

Genre: Electronic/Alternative

Tame Impala FINALLY released new music (!!), and this track is absolutely stunning. With frontrunner Kevin Parker staying on brand with the band's psychedelic, seemingly ethereal style, it sounds like a combination of 70s soft rock and waves of modern-day electronica, with Parker's voice drifting in and out in a kind of otherworldly, mellowed-out manner.

“Harmony Hall” by Vampire Weekend 

Genre: Alternative/Indie Pop

Vampire Weekend is also releasing an album, entitled "Father of the Bride", on May 3rd. From the looks of it, this track relates to the theme of marriage/weddings present in the album's title, and it is a fun, upbeat song that I have been listening to a lot in the morning as I'm getting ready for class! Ezra Koenig's voice is so unique and can cover a broad range, and I highly recommend listening to some of the band's other work as well ("Step" from their 2013 release "Modern Vampires of the City" is one of my all-time favorite songs!).

“Ready to Let Go” by Cage the Elephant 

Genre: Alternative/Alternative Rock

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“Apple Orchard” by Beach House 

Genre: Indie/Electronic

Beach House is one of my favorite bands of all time, as I find a kind of an ethereal, beautiful sadness in the dreamy style of instrumentalist Alex Scally and lucid vocals of singer Victoria Legrand. This track is from their 2006 self-titled debut and is probably one of my favorite songs they've ever released. The lyrics are poetic and perfect for the post-finals enjoyment of spring weather, in that they preach relaxation and restfulness, and the song's electronic rhythms echo the essence of spring as well. If you like this song, then I highly recommend checking out the band's other albums as well (Depression Cherry is one of my favorite albums of all time).

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Genre: 60s Pop

No spring playlist is complete without a little Simon & Garfunkel! This song is a classic, its timeless, poetic lyrics capturing the epitome of the coming of spring and all its glory. In fact, I consider the entire album (entitled Sound of Silence) to be perfect for the pleasantness and feelings of renewal/natural revitalization associated with the coming months, so be sure to give it a listen if you haven't heard it before!

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