The Fourth of July is one of the most widely celebrated patriotic holidays in the U.S., but there is no reason it cannot be a romantic one as well. Whether you plan to stay at home and commemorate the day privately with the one you love or go out and enjoy your town's festivities, you can find ways to create an intimate, romantic atmosphere.
Flowers and Dinner
A bouquet of fragrant blooms is always romantic. So bring home some blossoms, color-coordinated especially for the holiday. Arrange red, white and blue flowers in a pretty vase, and turn on some soft music. Cook a nice dinner together, and set the table with the flowers as a centerpiece. Open a bottle of wine, light some candles and enjoy a romantic dinner in the soft glow.
Attend a Parade
In many towns, the Fourth of July is an all-day celebration, with a parade kicking off the day. Snuggle close to watch the parade, then take a leisurely stroll through the street fair, if there is one. When day turns to evening, pack a picnic basket and find a spot away from the crowd. Spread a blanket and have your picnic as you take in the sunset and wait for the fireworks to start.
Watch the Fireworks
The annual fireworks are a hit no matter where you are, but you can turn up the romance with a few adjustments. Go to the beach and gaze at the moonlight as you listen to the sound of the waves. Or head for the mountains and lie on a blanket under the stars together until the fireworks begin. A bonfire and a little wine will top off your romantic night perfectly.
To really put the romance in your Fourth of July, do something a little more dramatic. Instead of planning a single intimate day, why not plan a romantic getaway? Pack your bags and spend a few days away from it all. Choose a quaint bed and breakfast or a cozy cabin somewhere you've always wanted to go. No matter how you celebrate, the change of scenery will add a bit of mystery and excitement.
Pop the Question
What could be more romantic than getting engaged to the person you love? The Fourth of July lends itself to any number of proposal ideas, but of course, the most popular is to pop the question during the evening's fireworks display. Ending the night by giving --- or getting --- a sparkler of your own will make for a Fourth of July that you remember for years to come.
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