Fourth of Julys: When Are We Celebrating?

The statistics on Independence Day party throwing
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While the summer is second to the winter holidays in terms of party hosting, it’s still booming with bashes. With the Fourth of July smack dead in the middle of the week this year, it has sort of put a wrench in everyone’s plans.

While we sit at work and type away, we’re pretty sure there are plenty of closed offices, tons of vacation days being used, and grills that are fired up. But if you’re inside like us today, maybe a few statistics will make you feel a bit better — you’re not totally missing the party.

According to Evite, the categorical leader for online invitations and social planning:

• 56 percent are hosting parties on Wednesday, July 4
• 14 percent hosted parties the weekend before, Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1
• 10 percent are hosting parties the weekend after, Saturday, July 7 and Sunday, July 8
• The remaining 20 percent are celebrating on alternative dates.

So to summarize, most of us are partying tomorrow, a few of us got excited this past weekend, and a handful of us are keeping the party going after Independence Day. The rest of us are just… party animals.

So whether you’ve been on vacation since Friday, your vacation starts at 5 p.m. today, or if you’ll be checked out until next week, get your Fourth of July started here at The Daily Meal — we’ve got you covered with all the great hosting tips you need, from grills to table settings to restaurants and even fireworks.