AFFORDABLE, SAFE WAYS TO CELEBRATE FOURTH OF JULY
LAUGH IT OFF
Georgia has been opening up for the past several weeks, but you may still be wary of huge gatherings for the time being and opt to stay in with just your household. However, even if you can’t dine in at all your favorite restaurants, you can celebrate the Fourth of July in many ways this year that won’t cost you a ton of money and keep everyone at home. Here are our tips for a fun, affordable, and safe celebration this year that feels just as patriotic as all the years before. NO. 1: HAVE AN AMERICAN-THEMED WATER-BALLOON FIGHT Besides a barbecue, many other backyard activities don’t require much investment to enjoy and are perfectly safe for your household. Fill some red, white, and blue balloons with water, and everyone can get involved with your patriotic-themed balloon fight. You could set up some obstacles to hide behind, too, if you’d like an all-out war experience. NO. 2: CELEBRATE WITH SPARKLERS Not only are sparklers affordable, but they’re beautiful in the late afternoon and night. Kids and adults should be wary not to cause injuries since they can burn up to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s safest to dunk them in water before you toss them in the trash can and, of course, keep them away from other fireworks (if you have any lying around). NO. 3: VOLUNTEER TO HELP A LOCAL CAUSE Whether it’s just you or the family, plenty of local efforts could likely use some volunteers. Check out your local Facebook groups and the American Red Cross Association for nearby opportunities. There’s also nothing wrong with helping your parents or a family friend first — if there’s a family member, friend, or neighbor who needs a few favors, your Fourth of July could be well-spent by helping them out. From making masks to dropping off someone’s groceries, there are many ways to express to the people in your life and beyond that you care. This Fourth of July will feel different for the whole country. That’s why it’s good to remember the little things we love most about the holiday and try to make the best out of it. From everyone at Yeargan & Kurt, we hope you have an awesome Fourth of July!
THE BEST GRILLED SUMMER VEGETABLES
INGREDIENTS • 1 tsp salt • 1/4 tsp pepper • 1 1/2 tsp dried Italian seasoning • 1 1/2 tsp garlic, minced • 2 lbs assorted vegetables, trimmed and halved (asparagus, mushrooms, red onion, red bell
peppers, baby carrots, and yellow squash are great on the grill)
• 5 tbsp olive oil • 2 tbsp lemon juice • 1/4 cup parsley leaves, chopped
DIRECTIONS 1. In a small bowl, combine salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, and garlic. 2. Brush vegetables with olive oil and place in a large bowl. Top with lemon juice and seasoning mixture. Toss to coat evenly. Cover and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes but no longer than 2 hours. 3. Prepare the grill at medium-high heat. 4. Grill vegetables in batches, cooking 3–5 minutes on each side until browned and tender. (Carrots will cook longer, 6–9 minutes per side.) 5. Remove from the grill, sprinkle with parsley, and serve hot.
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