How to Celebrate a Fun & Safe July 4th in Your Homeowners Association
June 23, 2023 / by HOA Manager
Get ready to celebrate the 4th of July in style! Whether you're hitting the road to visit loved ones, enjoying a much-needed vacation, or hosting friends at your home, it's important to keep some things in mind.
Especially if you're staying close to home and planning a fantastic BBQ, setting up some awesome water play for the kiddos, and getting ready for a celebration in your homeowners association. Let's go over some essential tips to ensure a fun and safe Independence Day for everyone in the community!
Review your CC&RS and HOA rules
Familiarize yourself with what you can and can't do as a member of the association. It's good to know the lay of the land to be a considerate neighbor as well as avoid any unintentional rule breaking, such as parking rules, clubhouse or pool access rules, noise ordinances, and legality of fireworks.
Parking can be a bit of a puzzle on special occasions, so make sure your guests know where they can and cannot park. We don't want any tow truck surprises ruining the fun! Keep an ear out for your noise levels and be mindful of how your celebrations may impact those around you.
If you like to show off your patriotic spirit, take a look at your Association's guidelines on displaying the good ol' American flag. While your Association can’t ban you from flying the American Flag, it can post restrictions on the way it’s displayed by restricting size, type or location.
If you're hosting guests share the HOA rules with them too, otherwise you may be held responsible for their actions.
Be aware of kids playing
With children out and about in full force during the July 4th festivities, you’re more likely than ever to see a distracted kid chasing after a run-away baseball or skateboarding in the streets.
Slow down when driving through the homeowners association, be extra aware of what’s going on around you, and be prepared to stop suddenly if a child runs out into the road. Parents should remind kids that they have a responsibility to be aware of oncoming cars as well, and to be extra careful when they are on the street.
Let's dive into some water safety. If you're planning to cool off in the pool, keep a close eye on the little ones splashing around, especially those who haven't quite mastered the art of swimming yet.
Whether they’re playing at a park, swimming at a pool, or riding their bikes around the neighborhood, it’s important that kids understand what types of injuries could occur during these activities, and how they can best avoid them. If an injury does occur, your kids need to know what actions to take—such as alerting a trusted adult or, in the case of a true emergency, calling 911.
Familiarize yourself with grill safety
There’s nothing better than an all-American 4th of July barbecue but before you fire up those grills, keep a few safety tips in mind. Make sure your grill is a safe distance away from your home, deck railings, and anything that might go up in flames. It should also be away from any plants or low-hanging eaves. Never leave your grill unattended. Just in case anything unexpected happens, it's always a good idea to have a fire extinguisher or water hose nearby.
Leave Fireworks to the Professionals
Fireworks are a dazzling part of any 4th of July celebration, but it’s best to leave them to the professionals. Safety should always be a top priority when it comes to fireworks so remember to check your HOA's specific guidelines regarding the use of fireworks within the community. It's important to follow these guidelines to ensure the well-being of everyone and protect their properties.
Most likely fireworks are against the rules in your HOA, but if they’re allowed in some form, take extra precautions to use them responsibly. Keep a safe distance from homes, buildings, and any flammable materials. Always have a designated adult in charge of lighting the fireworks, and never allow children to handle them unsupervised.
Make sure to dispose of used fireworks properly by soaking them in water before placing them in a designated container. By being mindful of fireworks safety, we can enjoy the dazzling displays while keeping our community and loved ones safe.
Once the grand finale is over and the smoke has cleared, it's time to clean up. Don't forget to soak used fireworks in water before tossing them in the garbage. Safety extends beyond the festivities!
Plan creative alternatives to fireworks
If you're looking for alternatives to fireworks in your association, there are plenty of creative and exciting options to consider. These alternatives can bring the same festive spirit while minimizing noise and potential hazards. Here are a few ideas:
Light Show Spectacular: Arrange for a mesmerizing light show using laser lights, colorful projections, or even a synchronized display with music. It can create a magical ambiance without the loud noise associated with fireworks.
Glow-in-the-Dark Party: Organize a glow-in-the-dark party for the whole neighborhood. Distribute glow sticks, bracelets, necklaces, and other glowing accessories to create a vibrant and visually captivating atmosphere. You can also incorporate UV lighting and fluorescent decorations for an extra touch of glow.
Outdoor Movie Night: Set up a large outdoor screen and host a movie night under the stars. Choose family-friendly films or classic patriotic movies that resonate with the 4th of July theme. Don't forget to provide blankets, cushions, and popcorn for a cozy cinematic experience.
Lantern Release: Plan a lantern release ceremony where participants can write their wishes or messages on lanterns and release them into the night sky. It creates a serene and beautiful moment as the lanterns float away, symbolizing hope and unity.
Parade of Lights: Organize a neighborhood parade where residents decorate bicycles, wagons, or golf carts with colorful lights and patriotic decorations. Everyone can join in the procession, showcasing their creativity and community spirit.
Throw a Birthday Party for the USA: Host a birthday party for America where guests can come together to enjoy delicious food, play games, and socialize. Encourage residents to bring their favorite dishes to share, creating a potluck-style gathering. Don’t forget the birthday cake!
Remember, when planning any alternative activities, be sure to check with your HOA or local authorities regarding permits, regulations, and any noise restrictions that may be in place. By exploring these alternative options, you can create a memorable and inclusive 4th of July celebration that brings the neighborhood together while respecting the needs and preferences of everyone in the community.
As an HOA board, it's our responsibility to protect, enhance, and maintain the association. By reminding everyone about these 4th of July safety tips, we show that we care about our residents and the incredible community we all share. Let's make this Independence Day one to remember, filled with laughter, good times, and, most importantly, safety for all.