Camping on the 4th of July

Many people go camping during the 4th of July holiday, because it is in the midst of the summer heat when the weather conditions are ideal for a campout in the mountains. In addition, it’s a great time to get out of town away from the crowds at the big city Fourth of July fireworks shows.

Camping Vacations are Economical

Pay campgrounds cost about $12 -$25 a night (depending on the facilities) to rent a campsite, which is much less than the price of a hotel room. Most campsites have a campfire-pit with a grill and a picnic table. There also is a flat area to pitch your tents and a place to park your car. Some campgrounds offer drinking water, trash containers, bathrooms and showers. The basic tent camping gear for a family of four costs around $600 dollars and can be used over and over.

Packing for the Camping Trip

Make a list of things you’ll need and pack them in waterproof bags. Make sure you have a large enough tent to accommodate everyone in your family or take a couple of smaller tents. Make sure each tent is not missing parts and is free of holes. Pack each sleeping bag in a draw string garbage bag. If you’re taking kids, consider packing glow in the dark items, flashlights and laser pointers, so they can put on their own fireworks show. Last but not least, don’t forget to take a first aid kit and everything needed to build a fire, including logs or charcoal.

Camp Food Preparation

Take as much non-perishable foods for meals and snacks, as possible. The perishable food will need to pack it in a cooler with ice. Don’t forget to take any pots, pans, utensils and cups that you will need. Try to plan to only cook one meal a day and eat already prepared food and snacks the rest of the day. This will save you clean up time and allow for more recreation and relaxation time.

Be a Responsible Camper

Remember to be a responsible and courteous camper, and never set off fireworks in the forest. Some of the big resorts near campgrounds offer their own beautiful fireworks shows that are held right at a lake. However, if that’s not what you’re looking for, consider staying at a more remote tent camping site that is farther away from big cities and less crowded.