Eco-Friendly July 4th Ideas Worth Celebrating, Too

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The Fourth of July usually doesn’t conjure up images of being eco-friendly, but there’s nothing that says you can’t strive to be the freest of free — sustainable — on this day celebrating American independence. From celebration to cuisine, we’ve got you covered for an eco-friendly July 4. Remember, keep it red, white, blue and green.

Eco-Friendly July 4th Ideas

Nothing communicates national pride more than your country’s flag. Is this instance, there is actually a way to marry proper flag etiquette with good ol’ fashioned eco-friendly July 4th living. How, you ask? Rather than illuminating your flag after dark (per proper flag guidelines), why not simply take down the flag at night, eliminating the need for powered lighting. This practice can also serve as a daily reminder of all the freedoms we enjoy as Americans. Next up, celebrate those freedoms!

Celebrate freedom

Keep your celebration close by to avoid the carbon emissions that come from traveling a long distance. If you can take public transportation, ride your bike or walk to get to where you’re going, all the better. As an added bonus, staying close to home helps you avoid all that traffic!

Walk to your Fourth of July celebration. It’s eco-friendly and great exercise. Photo: Shutterstock

Fireworks, grilling, pool parties — almost each and every July 4th celebration takes place outdoors. And with the outdoors comes — you guessed it — bugs. Why not repel those bugs using eco-friendly bug repellent? We’ve got some ideas here:

No matter where you’re headed, be sure and bring a reusable tote bag or two to transport any goodies you may have brought or accumulated while out.

Hostess with the leastest

eco-friendly July 4th fare

Serving fruits and vegetables from your own garden helps reduce waste and creates an eco-friendly July 4th for everyone involved. Photo: Elena Veselova / Shutterstock

Now if you happen to be hosting a July 4th celebration, why not consider repurposing decorations from other holidays? This eco-friendly practice is worth it year-round. Who says you can only use white Christmas lights in December? Look for other opportunities around your house. Displaying flowers or serving fruits and vegetables from your own garden also helps reduce waste.

Continuing with the hosting theme, here are several other eco-friendly July 4th options to consider when it comes to food:

Still looking for other ways to create an eco-friendly July 4th? These articles are chock-full of ideas:

Happy Fourth of July from all of us at Earth911!

Feature image courtesy of Vladimir Stankovic / Shutterstock. This article was originally published on June 23, 2016. It was updated on July 4, 2017.

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Chase Ezell

Chase has served in various public relations, communications and sustainability roles. He is a former managing editor for Earth911.com.