We're celebrating the Fourth of July here in the States, which means a day of outdoor summer fun spent eating, drinking, and partying with friends and family. Make your Independence Day that much better with one of these Fourth-friendly hacks. We're talking food hacks, simple summertime DIY, better fireworks pics, mosquito and other pest prevention tips, and, yes, a few sun safety suggestions.

To Better Food and Drink

Become the Fourth of July Grill Master

Seven Myths About Grilling a Steak

Make a Thumb Imprint in Your Burgers for Better Shaping and Cooking

Determine the doneness of a steak

Chill a Coke in 2 minutes

Make Better Ice for Better Cocktails

Fourth-Friendly DIY

Build a DIY Slip ‘n Slide for Mega-Sized Fun

Build a DIY Portable Air Conditioner

Get Inspired and Learn How to Build an Outdoor Theater at BackyardTheater

Make a Duct Tape Hammock for Cheap Summertime Lounging

Build a DIY Backyard Fire Pit

How to Build a Better Fire: Both Outdoors and In

To Better and Safer Fireworks

Get Better Fireworks Photos This Fourth of July

Celebrate the Fourth of July with a New Desktop Wallpaper

Lifehacker Readers' Best Fireworks Photography

How to use fireworks safely

Deal with the Pests

Relieve Itchy Mosquito and Wasp Bites with Vick's Vapo Rub

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Conquer your itchy mosquito bite

Summertime Guide to Avoiding Stings, Bites, and Nuisances

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Repel mosquitoes with these 4 plants

Fun in the Sun

How Do I Apply Sunscreen for the Best Protection?

Find the Best Sunscreens with the Fewest Hazardous Ingredients

Build a DIY Electronic Sunburn Alarm

Create Your Own Sun Jar