Make the Most of Your Day Off with These 24 Fourth of July Hacks

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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.

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To Better Food and Drink

Become the Fourth of July Grill Master

Seven Myths About Grilling a Steak

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

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Determine the doneness of a steak

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Chill a Coke in 2 minutes

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Make Better Ice for Better Cocktails

Fourth-Friendly DIY

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

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Build a DIY Portable Air Conditioner

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

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Make a Duct Tape Hammock for Cheap Summertime Lounging

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Build a DIY Backyard Fire Pit

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How to Build a Better Fire: Both Outdoors and In

To Better and Safer Fireworks

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Get Better Fireworks Photos This Fourth of July

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Celebrate the Fourth of July with a New Desktop Wallpaper

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Lifehacker Readers' Best Fireworks Photography

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How to use fireworks safely

Deal with the Pests

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

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Conquer your itchy mosquito bite

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Summertime Guide to Avoiding Stings, Bites, and Nuisances

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Repel mosquitoes with these 4 plants

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Fun in the Sun

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How Do I Apply Sunscreen for the Best Protection?

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Find the Best Sunscreens with the Fewest Hazardous Ingredients

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Build a DIY Electronic Sunburn Alarm

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Create Your Own Sun Jar

DISCUSSION

tonykaye
Tony Kaye ⌨

Buy your fireworks from places on July 5th and save them in a safe place until next year.