If, understandably, you’ve had your mind on other things these past few weeks, you might’ve forgotten that July 4 is right around the corner. Don’t worry, though. We've put together some last-minute must-haves that will make your Fourth of July spectacular, just the same. Whether you’re grilling out in the backyard with the family or just lounging around with your boo, here are a few things that no Fourth of July would be complete without. 

Star Yard Stakes

Local party supplier Emerson Sloan is the perfect one-stop-shop for all your decoration needs. You can check out all their Fourth of July decorations available online here, but these star stakes are great for setting social distancing markers while staying in the spirit. Emerson Sloan is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Emerson Sloan, 2438 Rice Blvd, 1319 S. Voss.

YETI Lowlands Blanket

If you’re forever in search of the perfect outdoor blanket to fit all your needs, look no further. The Yeti Lowlands Blanket available at Bering’s is ideal for picnicking in the park, watching fireworks, or taking a break from all the action. It’s waterproof, insulated, made to withstand all kinds of terrain, and it repels dirt and dog hair. Bering’s, 6102 Westheimer, 3900 Bissonet. 

Texas Tie-Dye Mask

The first step to any kind of outing these days is a mask, so why not wear one in style? These natural-dyed muslin face masks by local retailer Sam & Davy are great for any Fourth of July plans—and they fit right in with the color theme. You can pick one up online or at the Sam & Davy pop-up, Thursday through Sunday, from noon to 4 p.m. Sam & Davy, 2043 West Gray St.

JBL Flip 5

If you haven’t invested in a portable speaker yet, now’s a great time to get on board. The JBL Flip 5 is portable, waterproof, and comes in an array of colors. The charge lasts up to 12 hours, so it'll keep rocking your July 4 playlist, patriotic or otherwise, even after the fireworks stop. Available at Target or Best Buy. 

Popfancy 10-Pop Goodie Box

No Fourth of July is complete without some sort of frozen treat, and Popfancy’s all-natural popsicles come in a wide range of flavors. If you’re a planner, you can preorder a 10-Pop Goodie Box, complete with 10 flavors of your choosing, along with shell drizzle and toppings. If you find yourself in a pinch, they also deliver on UberEats, Favor, Postmates, and Grubhub. Popfancy, 5085 Westheimer Rd, 9393 Bellaire Blvd, ste A6.

Small Bamboo Sparklers

If you’re too far from any fireworks to enjoy the show or just want to bring it a little closer to home, these sparklers from Elite bring some excitement without getting too crazy. Elite has 10 Houston-area locations if you need to get your fireworks fix in. 

Houston Lawn Games

There’s never been a better time for cornhole—you can be six feet away and still own the competition.  And kids always love some outdoor Jenga. At Houston Lawn Games, you can rent all your favorite outdoor games for the day (or longer if you want to keep the family busy). They’ve got several plans for delivery or pickup to work with your busy schedule, too. Houston Lawn Games, 208 Bremond St.

REI Co-op Beyonder Tote

The REI Co-op Beyonder Tote is essential for the Fourth of July and beyond. It’s neutral, lightweight, and sustainably made, making it the perfect bag to haul everything you need for a weekend of summer fun. This tote has room for everything; it could easily fit a mask, some festive decorations, sparklers, and an outdoor speaker. Available at Houston REI locations. 

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