HOW TO PLAN THE PERFECT 4th of July
Fourth of July typically conjures up images of
fireworks, hamburgers sizzling on the grill and
homemade ice cream. But if you like to get out
of town, you probably also think of traffic,
overcrowded resorts and long lines. With a
bit of extra planning, however, you can avoid
some hassles and have a pleasant holiday.
Start thinking (preferably in May or early June)
about what you are looking for over the weekend.
Is it a secluded wooded spot or a lake busy with
water traffic? Either way the earlier you
decide the better.
Buy a travel guide to the area you will be
visiting and read it thoroughly.
Research the best restaurants, things to see and
do, and recreational opportunities at your
Plan ahead. Buy tickets, make hotel
reservations, secure a camping or picnic site,
or anything else you think you'll need, early
on. Even if you're planning only a day
trip, organize your schedule ahead of time to
Make a list of all the items you'll need for
your weekend, including a map, sunscreen,
sunglasses, travel guide, camera and film.
Give yourself plenty of time to buy anything you
may be missing.
Consider toting along your own bike,
rollerblades or any other equipment to save
Pack your suitcase or backpack a few days before
you leave in case you need extra time to
purchase any last minute items.
Try to leave for your weekend destination as
early as you can to avoid traffic. If
possible, set out the night before.
Time your return home as early as possible, too,
to avoid the holiday weekend traffic crunch.